☘Ruins of Zvartnots
Etchmiadzin is located in ARMAVIR region. It is the biggest city in this region and the most famous place for all Armenians. The city is also known as Vagharshapat. The city is the largest satellite of YEREVAN and the 4th largest in Armenia in its population. Etchmiadzin is located in the east of Yerevan in the basin of Kasagh River and It is very close to the Zvartnots International Airport.
Etchmiadzin has 5 churches; Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. Saint Hripsime, Saint Gayane, Saint Shoghakat, and Saint Virgin Mariam. The most important center of Armenian Apostolic Church is The Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. This temple was built at the beginning of the 4th century, just after Christianity was adopted as a state religion.It was built by the first patriarch Saint Gregory Enlightener. They say Saint Gregory saw a dream where he had a vision in which Jesus descended from Heaven and showed the place where the church should be. This is a wonderful place that you should visit first when you are here. The other marvelous building is St. Gayane’s church, which is a domed basilica-type church. It is a beautiful piece of architecture where you can see the beautiful style of Armenian architecture. The other church that is included in UNESCO world heritage is St Hripsime’s Church; which is situated in Etchmiadzin.