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Aragats Gravity Hill

Aragats Gravity Hill is a fascinating phenomenon encountered on the route to Lake Kari or Amberd fotress. This unique anomaly, referred to as the Aragats anomaly, is a popular point of interest in Armenia, drawing both locals and tourists alike.

Hundreds of gravity hills are known worldwide (Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, France, India, Greece etc.) and the one in Armenia is among the popular ones. Many of these sites have no specific name and are just called "Magnetic Hill", “Magnetic Road”, "Magic Road", “Gravity Hill”.

The science behind Gravity Hill is intriguing. It's essentially an optical illusion created by the surrounding landscape's layout. This illusion causes a slight downhill slope to appear as an uphill slope. Consequently, when a car is left out of gear, it appears to roll uphill against the force of gravity. This effect is akin to what one might experience in an Ames room, where objects seem to defy gravity due to the room's distorted perspective.

Aragats Gravity Hill Coordinates: 40°25′55″N 44°14′04″E

The other location is close to Amberd Fortress: 40°24'02"N 44°13'50"E

A tourist is having fun watching how a tire “rolls up the hill”. However, the reality is that it's all an optical illusion created by the surrounding landscape, making it appear as though the road is sloping upwards when, in fact, it's sloping downwards.


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