Etchmiadzin & Zvartnots Cathedral (Private Tour)

Etchmiadzin & Zvartnots Cathedral (Private Tour)

Explore the exterior of the Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, visit the Treasures of Echmiadzin Museum, the churches of St. Gayane and St. Hripsime, as well as Zvartnots medieval temple..

Itinerary
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Stop At: Saint Hripsime Church, Mesrop Mashtots St., 85 Near the Echmiadzin Monastery Complex, Vagharshapat 1101 Armenia

Hripsime church, one of the finest works of Armenian architecture of the classical period, a variant of the concentrical domed composition, stands on a slight elevation, at the eastern edge of Echmiadzin City. This kind of composition is characteristic only of the Christian countries of the Transcaucasus. Its expressive silhouette, seen from afar, stands up sharply against the background of an emerald-green valley dominated by the snow-capped Mt. Ararat.



Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Echmiadzin Monastery Complex, Vagharshapat 1101 Armenia

The first Christian cathedral of Echmiadzin was founded in the IV century BC, whose name means “place of the descent of the Only Begotten.” A feature of the Cathedral is that in addition to the main altar in the eastern part, there is another altar in the middle, at the site of the descent of Christ. In the right-hand boundary of the Etchmiadzin Cathedral there is the Treasury Museum, where are kept relics, church clothes, embroidered with gold and pearls, catholicos’ staffs and crosses, numerous ritual objects made of gold, silver and ivory. On the territory of the monastery complex is also the residence of the Armenian patriarch – the Catholicos of all Armenians. Also here you will see many cross-stones, of which “Amenaprakich” (1279), and the cross-stone devoted to the victims of the 1915 genocide.


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Saint Gayane Church, Issy-les-Moulineaux St., Vagharshapat Armenia

St. Gayane Temple was built in honor of St. Gayane in the VII century on the place of IV century chapel, which is one of the best monuments of Armenian architecture. The relics of Saint Gayane are kept in the southern wall of the temple, next to the altar niche. Above the western entrance, there was preserved the murals of the 17th century on the theme of the birth of Christ. Near the Saint Gayane Temple there is a special room where animals are sacrificed and stabbed from the time of St. Gregory the Illuminator. This rite is called – matah, which is customary to perform for any occasion: weddings, birth of a child, etc.



Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Zvartnots Temple, Yerevan-Vagharshapat Highway Near the Echmiadzin Monastery Complex, Vagharshapat 1101 Armenia

After the visit in the cathedral, guests will continue their explorations in Zvartnots Cathedral ruins that was regarded as the 7th century Armenian ecclesiastical architectural pearl. Guests will be exposed to the ruins of the cathedral, museum of the cathedral, ruins of a Roman bathhouse and a Christian church, an obelisk pre-Christian monument with a long cuneiform inscription.

Duration: 45 minutes



Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Stroller accessible"
"Infant seats available"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"



Duração: 4 Hours
Ponto de partida: Traveler pickup is offered

Cancelamentos e reembolsos: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

Incluído

  • Cultural guide (if choosing "with a guide" option)
  • Hotel pickup and return transfer
  • 1 bottle of water
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Vehicle & passengers insurance
  • Transportation as indicated in the program
  • Entry/Admission - Echmiadzin Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Saint Hripsime Church
  • Entry/Admission - Saint Gayane Church

Não Incluído

  • Airtickets.
  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • Zvartnots entrance fee at 1500 AMD/ ~ 3.50$ per person

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