The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Vagharshapat

4.7
#1 of 11 in Things to do in Vagharshapat
Church Ruin Must See
Visit the World Heritage Site of The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, a series of early churches scattered across the holy city of Vagharshapat, dating from the 4th to 7th centuries. Admire the statuesque cathedral, believed to be the world's oldest, and considered Armenia's mother church, and visit the two smaller, 7th-century churches, well preserved and renowned for their classic Armenian architecture style. The fourth church, a circular cathedral, is now in ruins, but you can still view its partially reconstructed walls and columns. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Vagharshapat holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Create an itinerary including The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
188 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • My wife and I visited the Armenian Catholicos' residence in Echmiadzin on May 16, 2019. The overall impression is graceful. 1) How to travel by public transport to different places of Armenia - ask the residents of Yerevan - they will help you with great pleasure. 2) To get to Echmiadzin you need to stop at the ave. Mashtotsa in the area of Moscow Street in the south-west direction to take the bus number 203 and get to Echmiadzin (Vagarshapat) (300 drams, 25 min). There are also minibuses Number 202, etc. Ask the driver where the stop is at the Echmiadzin Monastery Complex. Don't forget to visit the museum (Longina Spear), the Gayane Temple (500 m) and the Ripsime Temple (2 km by bus on the way back to Yerevan), as well as the remains of the temple of Zvartnotz (museum) (5 km by bus on the way back to Yerevan). Main. The most valuable thing in Armenia is its residents. They are a nation of great culture. Talk to them - enjoy. May 27, 2019. Gudev V.A. Russia, Novocherkassk, Rostov region. 59 years old.
    View original
  • Unlucky: the old cathedral is closed, the new-found all spoiled, the spirit of antiquity disappeared, candles, of course, put, but it is not that
    View original
  • Build a plan

    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it

    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package

    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!

    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Vagharshapat

4.5
Duration: 1​h
4.6
Duration: 30​min
4.7
Duration: 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Vagharshapat

4.8
Duration: 4​h
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 1​h
4.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Museums in Vagharshapat

4.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.0
Duration: 30​min

Historic Sites in Vagharshapat

4.6
Duration: 30​min

Hidden gems in Vagharshapat

3.7
Duration: 30​min