Saint Gayane Church, Vagharshapat

#3 of 7 in Historic Sites in Armavir Province
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. Arrange your visit to Saint Gayane Church and discover more family-friendly attractions in Vagharshapat using our Vagharshapat trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    A monastery just outside Yerevan built in 630 and renovated in 1652. The building is essential but suggestive and is naturally the aesthetics of Armenian Christian architecture. We had the opportunity to attend a part of worship and this allowed us to see a part of the busy daily life of this place. The monastery is named after the Roman Abbess Gayane (Gaiana) martyred by Tiridates III along with his companions and the Holy Hripsime (whose Church is located in the vicinity of the monastery). Legend has it that Hripsime came from a Roman noble family. Belonged to a community of 35 (or 37) virgins under the tutelage of a "superior", the Abbess Gayane. They say that Diocletian, looking for his wife, ordered to be carried portraits of the most beautiful women in the city. Hripsime was forced to pose and was chosen as the most beautiful. To avoid falling into the hand of the Emperor and with the help of Gayane fled together with her companions. They passed from Alexandria, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and finally, from the from Odessa took refuge in Vagharshapat, in Armenia. Diocletian, enraged, ordered the Armenian King, Tiridates III, to find the women, kill them and return Hripsime. The King made her capture and Hripsime was led into his presence, but it was so beautiful that the monarch decided to make her his. You are at pleasing negó Tiridates, and these named Gayane for convince. The superior in turn negó and the King ordered to be tortured until he agreed to talk to Hripsime. When he did, Gayane spoke in Latin and asked her to remain faithful to Christ. The request of Gayane did not go unnoticed, was discovered and the King ruled to death. The executioner, however, confused and instead of Gayane, tortured and killed Hripsine. When the King learned of the incident ordindò who was murdered not only Gayane but also all the other virgins in the group. It is as well as according to the tale, Gayane crsitiano, Hripsime and her companions are remembered as the first Christian martyrs of Armenia. If this opinion is helpful, please press It at the bottom of the text, thanks. Diego
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  • July 28, 2017
    Only about 600 meters away from the much visited Echmiadzin Cathedral is the Saint Gayane Church, which together with the Cathedral and Saint Hripsime Church (and the further away Zvarnorts Archaeolog...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    Among the oldest churches in Armenia has remained intact, despite the partial restoration of the dome and ceiling are executed in 1652. Intimate and silent consists of three naves with cross-shaped dome, while externally it appears, with a drum resting on four pillars inside. Beautiful spacious porch with three arches erected in 1683, in order to accommodate the graves of some major religious Armenians. Not to be missed in coupled with the contemporary Church of Saint Hripsime.
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  • May 27, 2017
    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.
  • August 1, 2016
    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!
  • February 9, 2017
    Brilliant example of armenian church
  • June 2, 2017
    Quiet and nice
  • July 17, 2013
    A beautiful little church with a quiet park very close to the Mother Church.

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