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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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  • This is the "Vatican of the Armenian Orthodox Chucrch". No visit to Armenia can be whole without visiting this place. Getting to Echmiadzin is not difficult, there are multiple minibuses running from ...  more »
  • this is one of main places of christianity. Echmiadzin is more than 1700 years old and it is place where christianity accepted as a state religion. now you can visit and see couple of churches and enj...  more »
  • If you go to Armenia you must pay a visit to Echmiadzin and the 3 related churches...it's outstanding!  more »
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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.