Saint Hripsime Church, Vagharshapat

#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Armavir Province
Dedicated to a beautiful virgin that caught the eye of a Roman emperor, Saint Hripsime Church was listed as a World Heritage Site as a well-preserved example of a classic Armenian structure from the 7th century. Legend has it that Hripsime escaped the marriage with Emperor Diocletian only to be captured by an Armenian king who tortured her to death after she refused his advances. The complex architectural design--known as "Hripsime Type"--was elaborated to save the edifice from earthquakes. For Saint Hripsime Church and beyond, use our Vagharshapat online day trip planner to get the most from your Vagharshapat vacation.
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  • September 15, 2017
    Small church very nice to visit, few visitors. take advantage of visiting the Cathedral of Echmiatsin to see her because she is just next door. The Interior is very nice and in the crypt, you can see the tomb of Saint Hripsime very well decorated. Good time for quiet and relaxation.
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  • September 14, 2017
    The temple was built on the spot where in the year 301 was killed and buried Holy Hripsime-the same one that led the Group of girls in Armenia and among them the Holy Nina. The death of Hripsime initiated the sequence of events that eventually led to the baptism of Armenia. The first church on this site was built by Saint Gregory the Illuminator himself. In 618 was built what we have at the moment. Is a masterpiece of early Christian architecture. In a basis of the temple four semicircular niches form a cross. The temple has survived the earthquake of 1679, which damaged in the County all-even the neighboring shrine Shoghakat Tv. Under the altar (enter the flanking the North-East (the entrance is to the left of the altarja), which conducts the course down to flying) is a crypt where according to legend was buried Hripsime. The temple kept the magnificent patronal gate of 1741 year inlaid mother-of-Pearl. Here couples go to marry in a church from all over Armenia.
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  • August 31, 2017
    Church of Santa Hrispime: architecturally interesting Church for the width of the dome. 618 church dedicated to Saint Hripsime, who was martyred for not wanting to marry Tiridates third then still pay. It also houses the graves of two Catholycos.
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  • July 13, 2017
    The atmosphere inside Saint Hripsime Church is dark, musty and mysterious. Make sure to visit the basement to see the tomb of Hripsime.
  • May 27, 2017
    Very beautiful church with the unique atmosphere. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • August 1, 2016
    Saint Hripsime is a very nice place. It is one of the holiest site in Armenia. Here you can find the tomb of saint Hripsime who was one of the 37 virgins who left the Roman Empire for Armenia. The church is very unique. It has tall niches which save it from earthquakes. The inside of the church is dark with a single light coming from a window. The tomb is on the left side of the altar.
  • May 17, 2017
    Beautiful place, recomended
  • May 10, 2016
    As a country that first adopted Christianity as national religion, Armenia has a lot of churches whose style is architecturally simple yet religiously scared, a very contrast with those splendid ones in Europe built at the times when the Church became super rich later. (Sep 2012)

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