Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church, Yerevan

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Admire early modern Armenian stone masonry at Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church, the oldest sacred building in downtown Yerevan, hidden amid Soviet-style apartment towers in a small park with a plaza. Made of dark stones with two bell towers--one round and one octagonal, capped by a cone and pyramid--the church represents a masterpiece of Armenian architecture under the Safavids. Built in 1694 on the site of a ruined monastery, this exquisite three-nave basilica was erected thanks to donations by Khoja Panos Kalantar, one of the wealthiest merchants of Yerevan, who traded with the British out of Bombay. Explore its candle-burnt walls and enjoy the play of light coming through intricately carved stone arches. Burn a candle for the soul of your loved ones, a sacred tradition here. By using our Yerevan vacation builder, you can arrange your visit to Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church and other attractions in Yerevan.
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  • July 25, 2017
    Interesting architecture of red, only the ancient Church of Yerevan preserved along with the Katoghike, both from the 13th century. A little hidden in the center of Yerevan, but certainly worth a visit, especially the outer doorway molded.
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  • July 12, 2017
    Beautiful spiritual place. Here is one of the residences of the Catholicos. Very harmonious blend of ancient Church modern extensions.
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  • June 2, 2017
    Little church in the heart of Yerevan)))))))) would like to live in the building, which is next to the Church.
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  • May 27, 2017
    Interesting that it is the oldest in Yerevan but other than that it didn't seem worth going out of the way to see.
  • July 16, 2017
    This is the oldest church in Yerevan Armenia,very solemn and the mass is so quiet and holy,its an Apostolic Church,in the basement the tomb of Ananias was buried,Jesus Kristo called him Paul the healer ..
  • May 19, 2017
    One of the most beautiful churches in Yerevan!
  • April 3, 2016
    Awesome cute little church in an unassuming neighborhood where we got married 😊. Very beautiful inside and welcoming which I know is somewhat rare if you're not from Yerevan. I loved it and it was big enough to accommodate a small group of friends and family easily enough room to fit in about 70 people and close enough to English park for pictures after.
  • July 8, 2016
    A small, cozy church right in the center of Yerevan. It is so cute and accessible that most of the locals choose this place to get married!

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