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Submerged in Time: The Church of St. Karapet, a 16th Century Marvel

Nestled within the Syunik Province of Armenia, in the idyllic village of Tolors, lies a remarkable relic from the 16th century—the Church of St. Karapet, now submerged beneath the waters of the Tolors Reservoir.

Back in the Soviet era, plans were set in motion to construct the Tolors Reservoir precisely where this ancient church stood. In the 1970s, these plans became a reality. Despite suggestions from scientists and architects to relocate the church, authorities chose to let the reservoir's waters engulf the historical monument.

As seasons shift, so does the water level of the reservoir, revealing the church in moments when the reservoir recedes.

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