EXPLORING OUR CHURCHES (YEREVAN, ETCHMIADZIN)
Starting Our tour from Yerevan to Etchmiadzin to see Armenian wonders. Our first tour we’ll start visiting to Mother Cathedral of Etchmiadzin.
Mother Cathedral of Ejmiatsin is a 4th century Armenian church in the city of Ejmiatsin, Armenia. It is also the central cathedral of Mother See of Holy Ejmiatsin of the Armenian Apostolic Church . Mother Cathedral of Holy Ejmiatsin is the most recognized landmark of the Armenian Church. Built and consecrated by St. Gregory the Illuminator and St. Trdat the Great in 303 AD, the Cathedral is located in the city of Ejmiatsin. Then we can see the Saint Hripsime Church, which is one of the oldest surviving churches in Armenia. The church was erected by Catholicos Komitas atop the original mausoleum built by Catholicos Sahak the Great in 395 AD that contained the remains of the martyred Saint Hripsime to whom the church was dedicated. The structure was completed in 618 AD. Also we’ll visit to the Saint Gayane Church, which is a 7th century Armenian church in Ejmiatsin, the religious centre of Armenia. It is located within walking distance from Mother. Cathedral of 301. St. Gayane was built by Catholicos Ezra I in the year 630. Its design has remained unchanged despite partial renovations of the dome and some ceilings in 1652. Gayane was the name of an abbess who was martyred with other nuns by Tiridates III of Armenia in the year 301, and subsequently made a saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Continue our tour visiting to Saint Shoghakat Church which was erected in 1694 by Prince Aghamal Sorotetsi during the time of Catholicos Nahabed I in the present day city of Ejmiatsin, in Armavir Province of Armenia. This church together with other nearby sites is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The church sits on the holy site where a group of unnamed nuns following Gayane and Hripsime were martyred during the time of the conversion of Armenia to Christianity in the year 301 AD. Visit to Zvartnots . Zvartnots 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 642 under the guidance of Catholicos Nerses III. Dedicated to St Gregory, it was located at 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 653. From 653 to 659, Nerses was in Tayk and the construction of the cathedral continued under Anastas Akarratsi. We continue our tour to the St. Sargis Church. Situated in the Argavand city centre.Returning to Yerevan we can rest , have a little dine in the Armenian Pandok. Also we’ll visit to church St. Grigor Lusavorich .Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral is located in Kentron District, on Tigran Mets Avenue. It is close to the Zoravar Andranik underground station.We’ll finish our tour visiting to St. Sargis Church. Explore Armenia with amazing building and churches.
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