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Saint Hripsime Church, Vagharshapat

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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. Put Saint Hripsime Church on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Vagharshapat trip itinerary maker.
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  • The church is a bit off the very centre but less crowded than the main cathedral of Echmiadzin. It will give you a true feeling of Armenian churches as the atmosphere is very authentic and peaceful. B...  more »
  • We had a nice visit with Hyur of that small church built on the 4th century AD and maybe the oldest church in the world .  more »
  • This is another wonderful UNESCO church to visit. Small and compact it is impressive given its age it is in a wonderful condition. It is well worth a visit. We were lucky to be there when a choir was ...  more »
  • Very beautiful church with the unique atmosphere. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful place, recomended
  • 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)
  • A very beautiful little church on the top of a small plateau. In weekends you will see that is it s popular church for weddings. Come and experience an Armenian wedding first hand.