Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church, Yerevan

#2 of 30 in Historic Sites in Yerevan
Church · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
Admire early modern Armenian stone masonry at Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church, the oldest sacred building in downtown Yerevan, hidden amid Soviet-style apartment towers in a small park with a plaza. Made of dark stones with two bell towers--one round and one octagonal, capped by a cone and pyramid--the church represents a masterpiece of Armenian architecture under the Safavids. Built in 1694 on the site of a ruined monastery, this exquisite three-nave basilica was erected thanks to donations by Khoja Panos Kalantar, one of the wealthiest merchants of Yerevan, who traded with the British out of Bombay. Explore its candle-burnt walls and enjoy the play of light coming through intricately carved stone arches. Burn a candle for the soul of your loved ones, a sacred tradition here. Put Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church and other Yerevan attractions into our Yerevan travel route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The oldest surviving church in Yerevan, thus, a must see. Saint Anna's church next to it is a recent construction, but very nice as well.  more »
  • Ancient Armenian church is located among house yards, Only 15-20 minutes by walking from city center. Excellent as from the street as in interior, It is need to see it, to come inside and to think...  more »
  • Long way from Yerevan, good views and a historical place. Renovated but needs more work from the inside
  • This church has an exceptional healing impact on me....🙏🏻 I have spent dozens of evenings sitting alone on a bench near the church and enjoying the silence. The liturgical music will heal your soul and will make you feel the majesty of your belief ✨💫 Please also kindly note that near the church there’s a downstairs praying room too~ which is open day and night so that you can go there at later hours.
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