A Visit To Armenia’s Stonehenge, Zorats Karer

stonehengeA lot of mystery surrounds Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in England.

The site consists of burial mounds and massive standing stones set up in a ring. Stonehenge is one of the most famous pre-historic monuments built around 2500 BC.

During our summer trip to six former Soviet states, we ended our journey in Armenia.

While visiting Armenia, we hired a guide & driver to take us to the unrecognized republic of Nagorno- Karabakh. (More on that another time.) As we headed back to Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, we had a chance to stop at the country’s version of Stonehenge called Zorats Karer.As we made our way towards Zarer Karer, our guide told us how the site was known as Armenia’s Stonehenge. While there are some theories not much is really know about its history.

I hoped that the site would be worthy of the stop since we were really tired and looking forward to just getting back to Yerevan.

Our car pulled to the side of the road, then the guide, Kim (carrying Theo) and I walked over a dirt and rock- lined road full of potholes. Lucas decided to stay in the car, playing his Kindle. I was surprised to see that we weren’t the only visitors there. When we first set sight of the standing stones, they were definitely interesting to see but nothing really like Stonehenge, and not that we expected it to be.The stones appear to be set out in a path, which we followed. They were also a variety of shapes and some were damaged. We found the fact that some of the stones had holes in them to be really interesting. Our guide said that one theory was that the holes were used to move the stones. When I read about the site online, some mentioned that the holes could have something to do with astronomical observations.When we made it towards the end of the path, we saw a circular ring of stones. Had the stones been taller, it would’ve been even more impressive.

Regardless, the site of Zorats Karer was pretty neat to see in person.As we left, I stopped to check out this rusty, old sign. It had two pieces of info: Do Not Touch Stones and Keep Area Clean.

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