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Urartu Cuneiform Inscription in Martuni

Urartu Cuneiform Inscription in Martuni

Cut into a low bluff beneath the road on the Lake Sevan side is a…

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Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan is located in the region of Gegharkunik. It is one of the highest…

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Sanahin Monastery

Sanahin Monastery

Sanahin literally translates from Armenian as "this one is older than that one", presumably representing…

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Ski Paradise in Armenia

Ski Paradise in Armenia

8 Days from 580 EUR

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Classic Tour to Armenia

Classic Tour to Armenia

10 Days from 442 EUR

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Secrets of Armenia

Secrets of Armenia

10 Days from 1032 USD

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Mother Cathedral of Etchmiadzin

 

Etchmiadzin Cathedral is located in the fruitful valley of Arax River, with Mount Ararat nearby. According to the legend, Noah’s ark stopped on the slope of the Mount Ararat after the Flood. The town of Vagharshapat is home to Etchmiadzin Cathedral; the whole of the town including other landmarks such as Saint Ripsime Church, Gayane and Shoghakat Churches are included in UNESCO Heritage Site list.

Etchmiadzin was founded to commemorate the adoption of Christianity in Armenia as a state religion. The architecture of the cathedral represents one of the ancient examples of the early  Armenian Church architecture. The Cathedral was built between 301 and 303 AD.

Etchmiadzin is Armenian for "the descent (echnel) of the only begotten (miatsin)."  It is so named because of its origins in the miraculous vision of St. Gregory the Illuminator.  St. Gregory saw Christ's hand descend from heaven, then strike the land with a gold hammer.  The image of a church soon appeared in that location. On that spot, St. Gregory built the cathedral, which he called Etchmiadzin.

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