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Saint Sarkis Cathedral, Yerevan

#4 of 30 in Historic Sites in Yerevan
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Standing atop a cliff overlooking the Hrazdan River and facing the ruins of the 16th-century Erivan Fortress, Saint Sarkis Cathedral serves as a popular visiting spot for Yerevan residents. Watch locals coming here to pray and light candles in this orange tufa stone building, which features elaborate carvings along its entrance arches and above its doors. With the present building constructed between 1835 and 1842 on the site of an earlier church, the cathedral also houses the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The cathedral’s neo-classical interior features a number of icon paintings. To visit Saint Sarkis Cathedral and other attractions in Yerevan, use our Yerevan trip planner.
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  • It seems that the Cathedral stands directly above the gorge through which the river Hrazdan flows. In fact, it is separated from the edge of a narrow street, but to understand this, you need to come.....  more »
  • The Church is beautiful and there are many interesting icons. It is also cooler than some other churches during the summer. Worth a visit.  more »
  • An ancient and historical church, belong to the very long time ago, when Armenia was between the Roman empire and Persian empire and caused many wars between these two empires. This church has beautiful paintings of Christ as well as the Virgin Mary, which is still a place of Christian prayer and worship. If you come to Armenia as a tourist, never miss this beautiful church. Apart from this beautiful church itself, the place where the church is located is also beautiful, because of Healthy and clean air due to the bushy trees and greenery.
  • Two glances were all it took. I did a double take and thought “what a lovely looking church” as I got snapper happy.
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