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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  • 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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  • Echmiadzin is best known as the spiritual center of Armenia and the seat of the Catholicos, or Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is a special place of pilgrimage for Christian Armenians t...  more »
  • We can say that a mixed feeling causes the entire complex. It's history, culture and modernity, which sputanna in the cultural zone of the Armenians.
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  • Sundays morning mass is extremely well rehearsed includes Gregorian chanting and Gregorian spiritual prayers. Great experience for everyone, no exceptions.
  • This huge complex is the center of the Armenian Church. The main church was built between the years 301-303. Spend a few hours here, wander around, and make sure to visit the museum.
  • Spiritual Center of Armenia. There's a completely different atmosphere.
  • 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).
  • Nice cathedral complex with gardens.

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