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Location: Sisian, Syunik region
From Yerevan: 220km/3h 20min

Portakar (“Navel stone”) is located 12 km South-East of Sisian city. It is a conical protrusion, which formed on the smooth rocky terrain (approximately a few sq. km) of the top part of the cave. In national beliefs, for millenniums people thought it was the center of the world, where people originated. Portakar was considered as the symbol of reproduction, fertility and motherhood. (most likely it was connected with cult of goddess Anahit – goddess of fertility and motherhood in Armenian pantheon).

According to the tradition, infertile women held certain ceremonies here, after which touching the stone with navel, they turned round hoping to be cured. Such kind of pilgrimage recovered women psychologically. You can vist Smbataberd on the road. 

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