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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  • Paid the ticket is accessed the treasures preserved by the Armenian people near the cathedral now closed for restoration. The most impressive and moving thing is Longino's spear brought here by the Apostle Taddeo. Of course there are other spearheads that claim to be authentic. Recent studies say this is likely authentic. There are wonderful liturgical vestments. The poorer a poor man is, the more precious to the sacred vessels and liturgy
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  • We visited the Echmiadzin Monastery and the Swartnots. We were very lucky with the guide. His name is Samvel. The group was bilingual, and quite large, but it masterfully alternated the flow of information, as far as the information itself was concerned, it was artistic, interesting and very consistent. We seemed to touch the very soul of Armenia. Excellent presentation of the material. Bravo!
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