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Carahunge

Carahunge © Rita Willaert
Carahunge © Rita Willaert

About 125 miles (200km) from Yerevan, near the Sisian River, stands Carahunge, an ancient astronomical observatory complex consisting of over 200 stones that sit huddled on a hilltop. Although often referred to as 'Armenia's Stonehenge', this description may be unjust: the latest research shows that Armenia's stone circle complex was established long before Stonehenge was, making it one of the oldest megalithic sites in the world outside of Turkey. The stones still display the angled holes that were carved into them by Armenian priests for the purpose of tracking celestial bodies. Also referred to as Zorats Karer, Carahunge is perhaps one of the last places in the world you can visit and literally be surrounded by 7,500 years' worth of human history - an opportunity that travellers to Armenia shouldn't pass up.

Address: Near Goris, Syunik Province

Website: www.carahunge.com