Karahundj or Zorats Qarer
Karahundj or Zorats Qarer (also known as “Armenian Stonehenge”) is 3, 500 years older than England’s Stonehenge and 3, 000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. Having a unique structure in its kind, it has not fully studied yet.
Zorats Qarer is in the spotlight of the tourists conditioned by its high historic-cultural value and easy-to-reach geographical position. It is located near the Yerevan-Iran and Yerevan-Mountainous Kharabagh highway, in the Sisian’s part, 300-400 meters far from the highway and distinguished by the nearby fascinating nature as well.
The monument is a complex of hundreds of vertically fixed stones covering more than three hectares area. The all stones of the monument are of basalt and on some of them there are hauls. The main disputes in scientific circles about this structure are framed within two viewpoints.
First version states that the vertically fixed stones are religious monuments/menhirs devoted to the deceases, the central oval structure is a kromlex and the hauls opened on stones have a technical meaning.
The second version states that the Zorats Qarer is an ancient observatory designed for the observation of terrestrial bodies and time setting and the hauls on stones are designed to more precisely observe these terrestrial bodies from different poses. Due to this version the Zorats Qarer has been juxtaposed with the English Stone Hedge, French Karnak, Dutch new Grege which are considered as Sun worshipping centers and observatories. Based on archeological data the archeologists suppose the Zorats Qarer had built in 3-2 millenium BC during the transitional stage from the early Bronze to the Medium Bronze period and survived till the middle of the 1st millenium. Some astrologists, based on new facts, suppose that it is 6000 or 8000 years old.