Discover Etchmiadzin and Zvartnots
Enjoy the tour to the religious center of Armenia – Etchmiadzin. Explore Mother Cathedral, learn interesting stories about the wonderful church of St. Hripsime. And finally, the experienced guide will take you through the history of Zvartnots temple. Soak up the history of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, on this half-day tour. The visit to Etchmiadzin is an essential part of any trip to Armenia. It is the oldest cathedral in the world. The original church was built in the early fourth century, after the adoption of Christianity. The cathedral is the main shrine of religious Christian Armenians worldwide. This holy place is among the most visited destinations in the country. Next, explore the seventh century church, Saint Hripsime, which is located close to the Mother Cathedral. It is one of the oldest classical churches in the country, dedicated to the martyred Saint Hripsime. Your final stop will be the gorgeous ruins of Zvartnots – the cathedral of the 7th century. This monument is quite impressive for the onlooker. Its unique design is a proof of developed Armenian architecture of the time. You will learn the history, as well as interesting facts about this astonishing cathedral. Its location will grant you a marvelous view of the Mount Ararat. After uncovering the secrets of these ruins, the serene locations and experiencing the magical atmosphere, you will be accompanied back to the capital.