Group Tour: Echmiadzin (Mother Cathedral, St. Hripsime, St. Gayane churhes,Treasury Museum), Zvartnots Temple
Free Wi-Fi on board
Pick up at your hotel in the city center upon arrival
Professional guide service
All entrance tickets
Whilst travelling to Armenia, you may just be interested in seeing the world’s first Christian Cathedral church.
Ejmiatsin is considered to be the spiritual center of all Armenians all over the world! The word itself means a place where “the only begotten son of the God descended”. This daily tour will begin by visiting St. Hripsime church, which was built on the sepulcher of a Christian nun Hripsime who fled from the Roman Empire and was killed in Armenia. This amazing building has stood upright from the day of its construction since 618 A.D, making it one of the oldest standing churches in the world. 5 minutes drive away will be our next spot: the 7th century church of St. Gayane. Gayane was the nanny of Hripsime, and shared Hripsime’s tragic fate.
After this stop, you will be able to observe the first world’s first Christian Cathedral – the Holy Ejmiatsin, built in 301-304. According to the legend, Jesus Christ descended on the same spot where the Dissention Altar stands today, where Gregory the Illuminator ordered to build the church.
Inside of the Cathedral, there is a small museum which is home to many of Christian relics, including pieces from the Holy Cross and Noah’s Ark, as well as the spear with which Jesus was wounded.
On the way back to Yerevan, we will make a final stop at another beautiful 7th century temple, also included in the UNESCO heritage list. In fact, all of the churches included in the tour, as well as the city of Ejmiatsin itself, are listed on the UNESCO World’s Cultural Heritage Sites.
Starting point: “Yerani Travel” office (2/80 Baghramyan Ave., near “Cascade” complex).
Please approach the office 15 minutes before starting the tour.
The duration of the tour may vary depending on the weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances
For security reasons the trip might be modified or cancelled in case of bad weather conditions.