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AYRARAT TOUR

Welcome to Armenia!

TOUR AROUND ETCHMIADZIN

 

TOUR TO HOLY CITY OF ARMENIA

This tour program will give you the ability to visit:
_ Zvartnots Cathedral
_ Saint Hripsime Church
_ Etchmiadzin Cathedral
_ Saint Gayane Church
_ After the end of our tour return to Yerevan. 

Additional Information:

_ Zvartnots Cathedral: it's 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 Etchmiadzin.

Saint Hripsime Church: it was erected by Catholicos Komitas to replace 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 is dedicated. The current structure was completed in 618 AD. It is known for its fine Armenian-style architecture of the classical period, which has influenced many other Armenian churches since. It was listed as a UNESCO World.

_ Echmiadzin - Vagharshapat: it's the 4th-largest city in Armenia and the most populous town of Armavir Province, located about 18 km west of the capital Yerevan. It's known in Western sources as a "holy city" and in Armenia as the location of Etchmiadzin Cathedral and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church... It was one of the major cities and a capital of ancient Armenia. 

_ Etchmiadzin Cathedral: it's the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. According to scholars it was the first cathedral built in ancient Armenia and is considered the oldest cathedral in the world.
The original church was built in the early fourth century between 301 and 303 according to tradition by Armenia's patron saint Gregory the Illuminator, following the adoption of Christianity as a state religion by King Tiridates III. It replaced a pre-existing temple, symbolizing the conversion from paganism to Christianity. The core of the current building was built in 483/4 by Vahan Mamikonian after the cathedral was severely damaged in a Persian invasion. From its foundation, Etchmiadzin was the seat of the Catholicos, the supreme head of the Armenian Church.

Saint Gayane Church: it's a 7th-century Armenian church in Etchmiadzin. 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.
In 2000, Saint Gayane Church was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with historical churches of Vagharshapat.
 
This package includes:
- Entrance fees to the historical and cultural attractions;
- Professional guide service, speaking English; German; Russian;
- Full transportation service (comfortable air-conditioned minivan, minibus or bus).

For additional information write or phone. 

Up to 3 person   - 90

Up to 5 person   - 115

Up to 15 person - 175

Up to 22 person - 220€

Zvartnots Cathedral

 Etchmiadzin Cathedral

 
 
 

 

  Echmiadzin Matenadaran - Institute of Ancient Manuscripts


 Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II in Echmiadzin

 Saint Hripsime & Saint Gayane Churches

 
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Tour to "Armenian Vatican"

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