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Qarahunj, aka Zorats Qarer, will kindle your curiosity and imagination. In Armenian “qar” means stone and “hunj” - sound. The site bears great resemblance to Britain's Stonehenge, just much, much older dating back to roughly 5000 BC. A surreal feeling comes over you as you walk into the huge field sprinkled with around 200 stones in a certain pattern, literally in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by giant mountains. The historical use of the stone formation is left a frequently researched mystery. The two prevailing theories suggest that either it was a necropolis or was used for astronomical observations. The latter is suggested based on the stones placement relative to the sun, moon and stars, as well as the drilled holes aiming at the horizon. It is believed to be one of the oldest observatories in the world. Tip: Time your visit to hit the sunset hours, when golden rays of the sun start their flirtatious game with the stones and vast grasslands - it becomes mesmerizing. You can bring camping gear and stay overnight for taking long exposure photos and witnessing the birth of another day. Camping is safe in Armenia, you can generally camp anywhere in the wild, just remember to check up on your planned location, as snakes can be present in some areas. Armenians are the friendliest and most hospitable people you will encounter, so if they meet you while camping, they will most certainly invite you to stay in their house and enjoy a meal with the family.
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