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Saint Hripsime Church, Vagharshapat

#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Armavir Province
Church Architectural Building
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 of Saint Hripsime is on the eastern outskirts of the little town of Vagarshapat (Echmiadzin) and the first of the three churches, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one will encounter, when c...  more »
  • Very important Byzantine-Armenian architecture, together with the nearby Gayane and Zvarnots, which tells of the spread of Christianity in this land and new architectural conception of original structures that blend elements of the Sassanids and Byzantines, through a language all Armenian. It is also protected by Unesco for an excellence and originality, uniqueness and harmonious beauty. Not to be missed!
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  • St. Hripsime was slain here stoned to death when she refused to marry King Trdat III choosing to remain true to her faith. A chamber contains few of the rocks that were supposedly used to stone her to...  more »
  • The atmosphere inside Saint Hripsime Church is dark, musty and mysterious. Make sure to visit the basement to see the tomb of Hripsime.
  • 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)

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