Spitakavor, literally meaning white-colored church, is a 13th-century partly ruined Armenian church located at the edge of a gorge in the town of Ashtarak, Aragatsotn Province.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Spitakavor Church by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Spitakavor Church the trip will not seem long.
The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Spitakavor Church depends on the weather conditions.
According to an old and sad legend, three sisters, who lived in Ashtarak, fell in love with the same young man, whose name was Sargis. The elder two sisters decided to sacrifice themselves and commit suicide in favor of the youngest one. One wearing an apricot dress and the other wearing red one, they threw themselves into the gorge. When the youngest sister found out the reason of sisters’ suicide, she put on a white dress and also threw herself into the gorge. Sargis then became a hermit and three small churches appeared at the edge of the gorge, named after the sisters' dress colors – Tsiranavor (apricot colour), Karmravor (red) and Spitakavor (white).
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