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Carahunge - Armenia's Stonehenge

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About 200km from Yerevan, near the Sisian River, stands Carahunge - a seven-hectare astronomical observatory complex consisting of 204 stones, 'sitting on the hill like soldiers, huddled in formation'. Referred to as 'Armenia's Stonehenge', this description does not do Carahunge justice at all - the latest research shows that Armenia's stone circle complex was established in 5,500 BC, making it 3,000 years older than Stonehenge, and one of the oldest megalithic sites in the world outside of Turkey.

Believed to have been constructed in honour of Ari, the sun-god, 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. Located near the Tatev Monastery, Carahunge is one of the most mysterious sites in Eastern Europe.

Address: Near Goris, Syunik Province

Website: www.carahunge.com