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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  • What a lovely complex. The entrance gate is amazing and there are a number of buildings separated by lovely gardens. We witnessed a baptism during our visit. 
    What a lovely complex. The entrance gate is amazing and there are a number of buildings separated by lovely gardens. We witnessed a baptism during our visit.  more »
  • I loved this place very much! You can see a very beautiful view on the mountains from this church. Touching the stone of this church you can feel the spirit of Armenia as it is the first Christian... 
    I loved this place very much! You can see a very beautiful view on the mountains from this church. Touching the stone of this church you can feel the spirit of Armenia as it is the first Christian...  more »

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