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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  • 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 »
  • You will love this place specially if you are religious! So much history and a lot of things to see and read about. I have been there in winter so the snow does add to the experience, I am not sure ho...  more »
  • It is the central Church of Armenia religion, where is the Catholics, which would be like the Pope of the Armenian. The place is cute and the Church also (but is a church... Don't expect anything else) also has a nice garden. I think it is a must see but most of the people going on Sundays, if you don't like the tumult, you can go another day of the week.
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  • One of the oldest church in the world.A wonderful place in yerevan.Some sundays they have special ceremonies and you may visit bishop.the place really worths visiting
  • I was informed that this place is not interesting, while after visit I think it is. It always interesting see how people manage power and celebrate it. Compared to Vatican this is only crumbs, but even in a branch of Christianity where the church should be just a small link between man and his god, this building looks rich and powerful.
  • Wonderful place to visit. It is the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church and is considered the oldest cathedral in the world. Holy Lance which is believed to pierced Jesus is here. Also a relic of Noah's Ark you can see here.
  • A very spepcial place for us, because we've got engaged in Armenia en the priest from Etchmiadzin blessed our engagement ring.
  • Sundays morning mass is extremely well rehearsed includes Gregorian chanting and Gregorian spiritual prayers. Great experience for everyone, no exceptions.

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