Zvartnots Temple, Vagharshapat

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Zvartnots Cathedral is a 7th-century centrally planned aisled tetraconch type Armenian cathedral built by the order of Catholicos Nerses the Builder from 643-652. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of the city of Vagharshapat in Armavir Province of Armenia.HistoryZvartnots was built at a time when much of Armenia was under Byzantine control or influence and during the early invasions of Armenia by the Muslim Arabs. Construction of the cathedral began in 643 under the guidance of Catholicos Nerses III (nicknamed Shinogh or the Builder). Dedicated to St. Gregory, it was located the place, where a meeting between King Trdat III and Gregory the Illuminator was supposed to have taken place. According to the medieval Armenian historian Movses Kaghankatvatsi, the cathedral was consecrated in 652. From 653 to 659, Nerses was in Tayk and the construction of the cathedral continued under Anastas Akoratsi. Following the Arab occupation of Dvin and the intensifying wars between the Byzantine and Arab armies on the former's eastern borders, Nerses transferred the patriarchal palace of the Catholicos from Dvin to Zvartnots.
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  • This temple restorers literally put together piece by piece. It turned out impressive, but unfortunately it is impossible to do it with the whole temple. Next to the restored part on the ground are fr...  more »
  • with its circular style. Beautiful carvings and rather atmospheric with it being ruins and open to the sky.  more »
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  • Enjoyed the visit. Required some imagination to see what the cathedral might have looked like. Visit the museum to see if you guessed correctly.
  • Awesome place! Details about history, which part of the temple / church is it from are provided in each spots. Don't miss the mini museum at the back!
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