Echmiadzin Monastery, Vagharshapat

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Visit the birthplace of Christianity in Armenia at Echmiadzin Monastery, a World Heritage-listed cathedral built by the country's patron saint. Gregory the Illuminator completed the Christian Apostolic cathedral in 303, symbolizing Armenia's transformation from a predominantly pagan country to a Christian one. Believed to be the oldest cathedral in the world, it remains active as the headquarters of the Apostolic Church. Admire the building's austere facade, adorned with several Greek inscriptions, and step inside to view the 18th-century frescoes that decorate the interior walls. With our custom trip planner, Vagharshapat attractions like Echmiadzin Monastery can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • While staying in Yerevan I decided to take advantage of going on excusrsion tours to see historically significant sites. I was disappointed to see the scaffolding but when a building is 1700 years old...  more »
  • I was here last January 5, 2018, 2nd tour of our last tour in Yerevan Fascinated and amazed by the architecture, designed, interior, exterior, the altar and paintings outside and inside the church. Ac...  more »
  • Take the tour, take time to learn about its history. We were very lucky with our guide and she showed us definitely much more than what we could have seen by ourselves. Full of noisy tourists, clear r...  more »

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