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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Going to this monastery is like walking in the past. Armenian architecture. Everything traditional. We visited the residence of the Catholicos, in addition to other structures. The Khachkars are noticeable. hey are ancient stone engravings that are unique to Armenia. They commemorate significant events in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful area full of sacral objects especialy with beautiful cathedral, a lot od pilgrims all the year

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

A large complex covering more than 10 Christian buildings. Most of these got historical significance while few were added later. Just 30 min by taxi from Yerevan but can spend almost a day with all buildings. Better to read online before visiting the site.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

A very important, old church, worth visiting. It's actually a complex with various interesting sites and some nice landscaping, too -- the canna were in full bloom in late September. The church itself is being restored so we had to view it behind some scaffolding,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

One of the oldest churches in the world. From 4th century. Mother Church of Armenia Apostolic Church. A huge complex with plenty things to visit. Unfortunately now the main building is under renovation.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

It is called the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin and the first church is said to be built there between 301-303, as legend says on the place that Jesus had shown to Gregory the Illuminator in his dream. This first church has been extended later...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 12 September 2018

Overall, this was disappointing, and we could not help but think we may have been better going a trip to Lake Sevan. The tallest parts of the exterior of the main cathedral were covered in scaffolding. The interior was a bit of a disaster zone...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 August 2018

Echmiadzin is the Vatican of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the place where Surp Grigor Lusavorich saw a beam of light fall to the earth in a divine vision, and where he built the first Mayr Tachar (Mother Church of Armenia).

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

As Armenia became first christian nation at 301 The echmiadsin cathedrall is the the oldest Christian temple in Armenia The echmiadsin is the only and onlyvchristian church was designed by jesus christ himself . The church shown to saint Gregory (the first catholicos and patron...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

This was the only place in Armenia which didn´t touch me at all. Perhaps because the main church was covered by scaffolding and I din´t feel any genius loci at this location. For me disappointment (but balanced by many other much more beutiful church places...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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