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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Echmiadzin Monastery and many more Vagharshapat attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Vagharshapat holiday planner.
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  • is the Mother Cathedral is the main church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. This is one of the oldest Christian churches in the world. It has a museum with unique artifacts, including spear Legionary Gaius Cassius and particle of Noah's Ark (Longinija), there are ancient ancient manuscripts. Under the Museum has a basement, which contains the ruins of an ancient pagan temple, which held a service of St. Gregory Prosvjatitel'.
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  • A great complex of churches and buildings popular with tourists and locals. Time it right on a Sunday for the procession of priests into the main monastery for the Sunday service. As short taxi ride f...  more »
  • This is a whole complex with several churches, the cathedral, a library, a seminary and the building where the first book in Armenia was printed. Part of it is modern, like the open air altar and chur...  more »
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  • The holiest site for the Armenians throughout the World. According to the legend, the stones were brought from Ararat. They were brought here on the shoulders of Tiridates III, the first Christian king of Armenia. It was built in 303 A.D. The inside of the church is covered with beautiful, lavish ornaments. Also, there is a cool museum inside. P.S. try to find the scorpion at the entrance of the church. And also, the locals say that the face of Genghis Khan is depicted on the dome of the church (so the church wouldn't be destroyed by the Mongols).
  • Echmiadzin is the Holy See of Armenia, where the first cathedral was built here in AD 301. A visit to the complex is solemn and wonderful, even though for a non-believer. The complex is located in the middle of city and take about 30 min to arrive from Yerevan. It is good destination for a day trip from Yerevan, combined with the visit to Zvartnots Cathedral.
  • amazing you gotta visit just this cathedral visit to understand what i'm sayin.......
  • The first cathedral built in ancient Armenia, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • awesome place to visit