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Magil cave

The Magil Cave is located in the Vayots Dzor region, 112 km away from Yerevan. The region of Vayots Dzor is rich in ancient historical monuments and natural sights. The Magil Cave is located just 3 km away from the village of Areni – the oldest winemaking center. It was here that the most ancient traces of winemaking in the world were found in nearby caves: jugs (called «karas» in Armenian) and grape bones with traces of fermentation. Here is situated another pearl of ancient Armenian architecture – the monastery of Noravank, dated by the 13th-century.

The Magil Cave, named after the hunter nicknamed Magel (full name Magellan Arakelian), who discovered it in 1980, is one of the largest and most unexplored caves not only on the territory of modern ArmeniFmagila but also all over the world. Despite its huge size, only a small part of it equal to 1.7 km is explored and mapped. The cave was formed as a result of the movement of underground plates many thousands of years ago. Now it is a labyrinth of underground chambers and tunnels. The largest cavities reach several tens of meters in width and about 15 meters in height. The only entrance to this cave is a narrow hole, and the further road is divided into several tunnels. Locals say that there are a lot of «deadly tunnels» that lead directly into the abyss.