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Tour to Echmiadzin

Tour to Echmiadzin 
Tour to Holy Echmiadzin - St. Hripsime - St. Gayane - Echmiadzin Cathedral - “Tresures of Echmiadzin - Zvartnots

Visit to the Holy Echmiadzin (Echmiadzin in Armenian means "the Only Begotten came down".) - the main administrative and religious center of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians. Echmiadzin Cathedral 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 preexisting temple, symbolizing the conversion from paganism to Christianity. One of the oldest Christian churches in the world. 
Visit to the churches St. Hripsime, St. Gayane and St.Shogakat built in the 7th century in honor of the first Christians tortured to death by king Trdat 3. 
Trip to Zvartnots - Temple of early medieval Armenian architecture. According to Armenian historian Sebeos, built under Catholicos Nerses III the Builder (641 / 642-661 / 662 gg.), planning to move his residence from Dvin to Vagharshapat.

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