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Smithsonian: Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas

Sevanavank Monastery / Photo: mobinovyc/Pixabay

Smithsonian: Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas

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I'm sitting in my living room, peering down through a virtual reality headset into a dirt pit in Khor Virap where legend says St. Gregory the Illuminator was held for 15 years before curing his captor, King Trdat, of an ailment and convincing him to convert to Christianity. Fable or not, by the early 300s AD Trdat had declared Christianity the official state religion, making Armenia one of the first, if not the first, countries to institute a national Christian church.

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Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas