Saint Gayane Church, Vagharshapat

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Designated as a World Heritage Site, Saint Gayane Church boasts a rich history dating back to the year 630. Despite its age, the church remained relatively unchanged over the years, marking the spot in which Abbess Gayane was tortured and martyred in 301, during the turbulent period of Armenia's conversion to Christianity. Head inside to explore the three-nave basilica and carved frescoes demonstrating typical Armenian architecture of the time. Our Vagharshapat online route planner makes visiting Saint Gayane Church and other Vagharshapat attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It is a very old and beautiful church. You can do along with Hripsime hard on way to echmiadsin. There are always weddings...
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  • There was built a little later Church. Hripsime in honor of her Christian schoolgirl-St. Gayane. The temple was erected in 630 year in place of the chapel of the 4th century and to this day is one of the best monuments of Armenian architecture. The relics of St. Gayane rest in the southern wall of the temple, near the altar niche. Above the western entrance has been preserved frescoes of the XVII century on the theme of Christ's birth. In the year 1652 the temple was capitally renovated and in 1683, it built a gallery for the burial of servants of the Armenian Church. The temple usually visited along with other temples Vagharshapat: Holy hripsime, Shoghakat, and See Zvartnocom. If you are in the monastery of Echmiadzin, bypass it its sizeable territory and Park on the South side. It is in this park and the temple.
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  • Was the teacher or Hrispime's older sister, and was martyred with her and in the domed basilica was built here 630. The crypt of the Saint is to the right of the altar, beside the tombs of important characters. Interesting because the ordinary Armenian form. Porch and paintings are much more recent. The idea of holding all the churches for worship, and then fill them with icons made the day before yesterday, tourism is not paying because the churches lose their character. Not surprisingly for the entire complex of Echmiadzin, three churches and a baptistery, what I liked most at all, I was in a group of 12 people who are passionate about art, were the ruins because they seemed more genuine. Keep the churches in the rigor of their time would certainly be paying more.
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  • The Church of Saint Gayane (Armenian: Սուրբ Գայանե եկեղեցի; pronounced Surb Gayane) is a 7th-century Armenian church in Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), the religious center of Armenia. It is located within walking distance from the Etchmiadzin Cathedral of 301. St. Gayane was built by Catholicos Ezra I in the year 630. Its design has remained unchanged despite partial renovations of the dome and some ceilings in 1652. Gayane was the name of an abbess who was martyred with other nuns by Tiridates III of Armenia in the year 301, and subsequently made a saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church. In 2000, Saint Gayane Church was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with historical churches of Vagharshapat. Saint Gayane along with eminent churches such as Saint Hripsime, Cathedral of Zvartnots and the Mother Church of Holy Etchmiadzin would become the essence and the pillar of spiritual strength of Christian Armenia.
  • Very well preserved. Popular place to get married obviously.
  • The armenians like this church very much. Maybe it's favourite church of majority in Echmiadzin. You have to go and see by your eyes and of course soul. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • A place where you feel pesent of God
  • Saint Gayane is a very unique church situated in Vagharshapat. According to a legend, it is built on a site where saint Gayane (one of the 37 virgins who fled the Roman Empire because they were Christians) was executed. You can still visit her tomb which is situated under the right side of the altar. The church is decorated with lavish ornaments . It is one of the important places to visit if you are travelling in Armenia!

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