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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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  • During my visit to Armenia managed to assimilate the same style of church or monastery to the point that I have been able to identify a species of "Armenian" style. This church is one in this style. Very old but clearly restore also worth your visit because it is in a very special setting, wedge of the headquarters of the Church of Armenia
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  • It is just outside Yerevan. It's basically the Vatican Armenian. It is the home of Gregory, the head of the Armenian Rite Church. The Cathedral is interesting, as it is painted. Rare case in sacred art of Armenia.
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  • The rating is more like 3.5 stars but then considering that the Cathedral Museum located in this compound is 4-star, I rated it 4 stars. It was pretty hot during our visit in August 2016 -- whereas it...  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