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. Add The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots to your Vagharshapat travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Vagharshapat vacation generator.
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  • The ruins give you an idea of what must have been one of the most impressive three-story world circular churches. In the ruins, you'll encounter four opera singers give a concert and then sell you your cds. There is also an interesting little Museum in the ruins. It is worth while it's all very restored
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  • I was fortunate in the timing of our visit, we were at Echmiadzin on Palm Sunday and were able to hear the service, the bells, and watched as the Armenian Pope walked from his lodgings to the Church f...  more »
  • Beautiful example of early Christian Archaeology. The ruins are majestic. To imagine how it must have been this church before collapsing. Thankfully they couldn't rebuild it.
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