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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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  • Get very simple, no more than 30 km from Yerevan, but our friends taking in all the sights, which are located on the road from Yerevan (on the road to the airport). Big and beautiful complex, combining modern and ancient monasteries Corps. The main building itself is one of the largest in Armenia and is surrounded by the administrative buildings and the new building of the Church, baptism and other rites. In the complex there are three Museum, all you need to buy a separate ticket, adult costs about 1500, and taking into account all the museums about 3500 without excursions. In the main church has a separate entrance, to the right of the altar. We found that by buying a ticket, we can rely on the free tour)) which were very excited as it opens three times more information than is contained in one line under the museum exhibit. About Lance and Ark all already know plenty of Holy relics. ... spend the money and time to go.
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  • be sure to visit this place, but a feeling of novodela all the spoils. It's an old monastery! Why is it surrounded by modern buildings and did not retain wilderness? very different from Armenian monasteries seen, impression produces completely different than from built among the rocks .... inside, outside. but it you want to see and draw your own conclusions.
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  • the masses are very interesting, in that they are different from what we usually see in the Church Orthodox Russian, Romanian or Greek. The heart of the priests is aligned in rows, facing the wall, only the officiating priest is facing the faithful
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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