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Carahunge ? Armenia's Stonehenge

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. 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.

Information & Facts

Address

Near Goris, Syunik Province

Language

Armenian is the official language, and it has its own alphabet. Russian is widely spoken and English is becoming more prominent.

Money

The official currency of Armenia is the Dram (AMD), which is divided into 100 lumas. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks as well as many hotels, with US dollars the most widely recognised and easily changed, although notes should be in good condition. Credit cards are not widely accepted other than in some large hotels and restaurants. Travellers cheques should be in US dollars to avoid additional charges and there are few ATMs in Yerevan, including HSBC. It is advisable to carry plenty of small change in local currency as shops and markets will often not have change.

Time

Local time in Armenia is GMT +4.

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