Echmiadzin Monastery, Vagharshapat

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Visit the birthplace of Christianity in Armenia at Echmiadzin Monastery, a World Heritage-listed cathedral built by the country's patron saint. Gregory the Illuminator completed the Christian Apostolic cathedral in 303, symbolizing Armenia's transformation from a predominantly pagan country to a Christian one. Believed to be the oldest cathedral in the world, it remains active as the headquarters of the Apostolic Church. Admire the building's austere facade, adorned with several Greek inscriptions, and step inside to view the 18th-century frescoes that decorate the interior walls. With our custom trip planner, Vagharshapat attractions like Echmiadzin Monastery can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • First, to commemorate the 700th anniversary of armenia's founding at the entrance, a huge gate built in 2001 stands in an overwhelming position, and a sculpture of the Enlightenment St. Gregorius, who converted Tyridates 3 of the Arsak dynasty, is supported by a cross in the middle of the gate. Inside, a sculpture of Badololamae (Nadanael) who preached in Darao and Armenia, the twelve disciples of Jesus, and was crucified upside down on the cross, is carved on both sides. The cathedral is being repaired, so it's a shame to see the façade, especially the museum, so we couldn't see the window of Longinus, which was close to noah's ark-related cross and Jesus. Yehmiajin means that Jesus came down from heaven.
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  • The domain of this monastery is beautiful to see. There are really gems in terms of architecture. Unfortunately, the church and the crypt are closed due to renovation works.
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