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St. Hripsimeh Church

St. Hripsimeh Church

St. Hripsime Church in Echmiadzin, completed in 618, is one of the oldest surviving churches…

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Kirants-Samson Gorge

Kirants-Samson Gorge

The area consists of hilly slopes covered with broad-leaf forests interspersed with open glades of…

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Garni Temple to Mythra

Garni Temple to Mythra

Garni Temple is located in Kotayk Region which is some 35 km southwest of Yerevan.…

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Bird Watching in Armenia

Bird Watching in Armenia

8 Days  from 414 EUR

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Daily Tours and Excursions

Daily Tours and Excursions

Regular Tours to Different Directions

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Areni St. Astvatsatsin Church

Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) Church of Arnei was completed in 1321. It is located on the top of a high hill that overlooks Arpa River and the same name village in Vayots Dzor Region.

St. Astvatsatsin Church has a single drum and a conical umbrella type dome belonging to a domed-all type church. The lintel has a bas-relief depicting the Virgin Mary which together with other carvings of the church belong to the works of the legendary Momik Vardapet, who is also considered to be the architect of the church.

The vicinity of the church is rich in tombstones and khachkars. The ruins of a 13th-century royal palace are spread near the church. It was founded by lord Tarsaitch Orbelian who moved from Yegheghis to Areni at that time. Ruins of a 13th-century bridge built by Bishop Sarkis in 1265-1287 are to the northeast one kilometer. At the same location are the remains of an older bridge.

 

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