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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  • September 7, 2017
    Having already reviewed the churches here speak of the ruins of Zvartnots Temple in the 7th century. Just outside the city you will find these impressive ruins of a large church destroyed by an earthquake less than two centuries after its construction, in 930. 20th century excavations have brought to light. It was possible to reconstruct the appearance of the Cathedral, after the research carried out by the architect that Toramanian, who worked in the excavations carried out between 1900 and 1907. The building was actually a pyramid building in 3 levels surmounted by a dome and its originality resided in daring architecture because it dumped the equilateral cross not in a square shape but in a circular. Now we can see a great variety of sculptures and friezes big ones you think original places. A curiosity Zvartnots in Armenian means cheerful!
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  • September 3, 2017
    These ancient religious sites are simply fascinating and can be found nowhere else on earth, Zvartnots is now a ruin but it used to be a monumental christian catherderal. We arrived mid morning lucky ...  more »
  • August 31, 2017
    It is not clear why these two different and separate activities in space are here combined. The I review both, separately, and do an overall assessment which is an average between the two. Echmiadzin Church: built just after the conversion has been repeatedly rebuilt and its present appearance is of 1800. This was built on a pagan temple. Built where, according to Armenian historian Moses of Korene par excellence, God would show in San Gregorio with a beam of light to build the Church. Others believe God would come down with a hammer and would give it a textured ground level off and making it suitable for the strong construction. Outside very adorned with very rich. The sides of the door with frescoes depicted St Peter and St Paul. Inside there are frescoes that resent heavily Persian influences (in fact it seems to be in a mosque). More for the symbol for architecture. Three dots Ruins: Here in ancient times there was a church, the Cathedral built in the 7th century by a Catholycos that his work was calling the constructor. The shape of this Cathedral was a circle with a Greek cross. In the 10th century a strong earthquake that destroys everything. The ruins remain there for ages and only that at the beginning of the 20th century began studying the site trying to figure out how he was, the most accepted version is now exhibited at the Museum of History of Armenia and a wooden copy is located in the adjacent and small museum. Columns have been reconstructed with some very valuable capitals which create an effect that, especially at sunset, must be very impressive. To see 5 pellets
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