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Museum of Armenian Genocide

Museum of Armenian Genocide

The Genocide Museum’s mission statement is rooted in the fact that understanding the Armenian Genocide…

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Noy Wine Brandy Vodka Factory

Noy Wine Brandy Vodka Factory

Yerevan Noy Wine Factory, officially known as Yerevan Noy Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory or simply "Noy", is…

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Tsitsernakaberd (Genocide Museum)

Tsitsernakaberd (Genocide Museum)

The Armenian Genocide memorial complex is Armenia's official memorial dedicated to the victims of the…

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Tours

Classic Winter Tour

Classic Winter Tour

 7 Days from 275 EUR

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Secrets of Armenia

Secrets of Armenia

10 Days from 1032 USD

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Daily Tours and Excursions

Daily Tours and Excursions

Regular Tours to Different Directions

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St. Hripsimeh Church

St. Hripsime Church in Echmiadzin, completed in 618, is one of the oldest surviving churches in Armenia.It is known for its fine Armenian architecture of the classical period, which influenced many other Armenian churches. The church, together with other nearby sites, is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The church has undergone several changes. The western and southern entrance porticos have been pulled down, and the side windows of the altar apse have been walled up. In 1790 a two-tier bell-tower with an eight-column belfry was added.

Internally, of particular interest is the inlaid mother-of-pearl altarpiece of 1741, which demonstrates the high level of Armenian applied art of the 18th century. The composition of the ornament, made up of framed interwoven branches with stylized leaves and various fruit and blooms, arranged around an encircled Greek cross, is most original.

The graves of two 18th century Armenian Catholicoi are located in the church's courtyard, those of Asdvadzadur and Garabed II.

 

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