Spiritual Rest In Holy Echmiadzin։ Echmiadzin (St. Hripsime, St. Gayane, Mother Cathedral, Treasury Museum), Zvartnots Temple, making and tasting of national dish “Dolma” in “Machanents” family restaurant, traditional lunch
New comfortable vehicles
Pick up from your hotel in the city center upon request
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the tour
“Dolma” making master-class
Professional guide service (English,Russian)
Wi-Fi on board
All entrance tickets
Whilst travelling to Armenia, you may just be interested in seeing the world’s first Christian Cathedral church. Echmiadzin 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”.
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. Then visit the eponymous church of St. Gayane, built on the burial site of another early Christian nun Gayane.
After this stop you will take part in local food making master class. Dolma is considered to be the second main dish in Armenian tables which is made with cabbage leaves, or grape leaves, rice, minced meat, and other species. You will also taste it during lunch.
After having full lunch, 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.
After that you will visit 7th century Zvartnots Temple, which is included in the UNESCO heritage list along with all other historical places included in this tour.
Starting point: the monument of A.Tamanyan near Cascade Complex. Please be at the starting point 20 minutes before the start of 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.