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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  • While this religious complex is home to many beautiful buildings and lovely grounds, I do not recommend that you book a tour of the Treasury with an English-speaking guide. These facts were related to...  more »
  • Very large complex, including the Cathedral Church, Treasury, residence of the Catholicos, baptistery. All this is surrounded by a large number of green spaces. Beautiful architecture and great views ...  more »
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