Zorac Qarer

The megalith monument Qarahunj in Armenia is situated 3 km to the north of the city Sisian. It is also called “Armenian Stonehenge.” Qarahunj means “stones having voice” and the name Zorats qarer originated from it and means “stones of the powerful or the mighty.” Qarahunj is one of the oldest monuments in the world. It has its parallels with a number of European ancient constructions like the Stonehenge in England, the Carnak in France, the New Rage in Netherlands.
According to academician Paris Heruni, Qarahunj was constructed in the 6th millennium B.C. and served as an observatory. During the archaeological excavation sepulchers of 3-1 millenniums B.C. were found out. The Zorats qarer are huge reddish monoliths which stretch from south to north making a circle inside. These basalt monoliths are 223 in number, they have 1,5-2,8 m height and 1,5-8,5 t weight. Some of these stones have holes 4,5 sm in diameter on the top and these holes were dug with some directions and precisely correspond to the disposition of stars 7500 years ago. This has become a ground to consider the holes in the stones were foreseen for following the position and the movement of some celestial luminaries from different points and heights. Some scientists think that these monoliths are 3500 years older than the England’s Stonehenge and were built 3000 years before the Egyptian pyramids.

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