Echmiatsin and Zvartnots Day Trip from Yerevan

Echmiatsin and Zvartnots Day Trip from Yerevan
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$21
Duration: 5 hours
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This 5-hour trip takes you to the following churches that are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, the  main cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church and is the very first Christian cathedral in the World. The second stop is to the church of St. Gayane and St. Hripsime that are two of three churches in Echmiadzin dedicated to the Christian women-martyrs escaped from Rome with their abbess Gayane. The final stop is Zvartnots, the medieval temple of St. Gregory built in the 7th century. It was one of the tallest buildings of the time (45-49m).

Make your way to a central location in Yerevan for 10am departure, then board a climate-controlled vehicle for the 8-mile (20-km.) trip to the first stop of the day, Echmiadsin Cathedral. 

Founded at the beginning of the fourth century, this is one of the oldest churches in the world, and according to the legend was built in the place where Jesus Christ appeared in a dream to Gregory the Illuminator. The interior of the church is covered with frescoes by the Hovnatanyan family, and you'll find a monastery and theological academy a short distance from the Cathedral.

The next stop is St. Hripsime church, a fine example of Armenia's cross-cupola churches, with simple, lofty architecture. The tomb of the Christian martyr Virgin Hripsime is in the sacristy of the church. 

Not far from the Echmiadzin Cathedral, you'll find the cupola of St. Gayane church with the backdrop of Ararat's white peaks—according to legend  this church was constructed over the tomb of virgin Gayane, who was martyred for preaching Christianity.

Next, see holy relics and religious art in the Treasures of Echmiadsin Museum, whose many treasures include the Holy Lance, or Geghard, believed to have pierced the side of Christ, and what are believe to be the relics of Noah's Ark, both housed in silver reliquaries. According to the history, the relic of Noah's Ark was given to Patriarch St. Hakob, or Jacob, of Mts'bna in the fourth century, when he wanted to climb the peak of Mount Ararat to search for Noah's Ark.

The last stop of the day is the 7th-century Zvartnots Cathedral, which was excavated and reconstructed in the early 20th century. Following your time at Zvartnots Cathedral, begin the return trip to Yerevan, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

This 5-hour trip takes you to the following churches that are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, the  main cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church and is the very first Christian cathedral in the World. The second stop is to the church of St. Gayane and St. Hripsime that are two of three churches in Echmiadzin dedicated to the Christian women-martyrs escaped from Rome with their abbess Gayane. The final stop is Zvartnots, the medieval temple of St. Gregory built in the 7th century. It was one of the tallest buildings of the time (45-49m).