The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Vagharshapat

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Visit the World Heritage Site of The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, a series of early churches scattered across the holy city of Vagharshapat, dating from the 4th to 7th centuries. Admire the statuesque cathedral, believed to be the world's oldest, and considered Armenia's mother church, and visit the two smaller, 7th-century churches, well preserved and renowned for their classic Armenian architecture style. The fourth church, a circular cathedral, is now in ruins, but you can still view its partially reconstructed walls and columns. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Vagharshapat holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Echmiadzin is located away from the city, but it is necessary to get there. In the Temple of the stunning murals, including marble, and not only on the ceiling. There is a very interesting Museum of religious utensils and vestments. In 2-minute drive from the Church of St. Repsime, which is also a Unesco monument, like the Etchmiadzin.
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  • Echmiadzin is located near Yerevan. This place is revered by Armenians around the world, because here is the center of the Armenian Church Apolstolskoj. Echmiadzin-formerly vagharshapat was founded in the first half of the 2nd century, on the site of the ancient settlement of Vardgesavan. With 163 years after the destruction by the Romans, the city of Artashat became the political, cultural, and then religious and educational centre of the country. In the year 301 Christianity became the State religion of Armenia. According to legend, the first Patriarch Gregory Lusavorich (Enlightener) dreamed as handand showed, that is Christ, descended from the sky with a hammer in his hand and pointed out a place for the construction of the Cathedral. At this place in the year 303, where the ancient Garni pagan temple and was laid Chapel, named SEE that in Armenian means "the place of descent of edinorozhdennogo". Since Armenia is often deprived of statehood, something increasingly increased the role of the religious heads of all Armenian Catholicos. Therefore, Echmiadzin Cathedral, as the most permanent Center for spiritual power, while often destroyed, but many other area monasteries. In the fifteenth century to the Western church was built outdoor porch of the main entrance, above which stands the Bell Tower with a magnificent architectural decoration. At the same time were decorated with the inner walls of the Cathedral. Interior decoration was performed by talented artist Nagashem Ovnatanjanom in 1721, and in 1786 was complemented and restored his grandson-Ovnvtan Ovnatanjanom, which in addition to ornaments and other decorations wrote many scenes on the theme of the Holy Scriptures, did ...
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  • The churches of Echmiatsin and the ruins of Zvartnots are a must for visitors to Yerevans. Etchmiatsin, impresses with its contemporary reference, the plant is in full use, is it still the "Armenian Vatican". You can experience the piety of the Armenians here at baptisms; or marvel at the Museum relics. Zvartnots is a monument of great art historical interest. In the Museum, opera singer give samples of their skills. You can buy the CDs. Who has only little time and historically not sooo is interested, can safely use the time for deepening in Yerevan or visit monasteries in the area, which are located in scenic sexy (Khor Virap, Geghard, Garni Temple).
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