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The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots

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Address: Manushyan St, Vagharshapat, Armenia
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+374 10 545570
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Palm Sunday

I was fortunate in the timing of our visit, we were at Echmiadzin on Palm Sunday and were able to hear the service, the bells, and watched as the Armenian Pope walked from his... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was fortunate in the timing of our visit, we were at Echmiadzin on Palm Sunday and were able to hear the service, the bells, and watched as the Armenian Pope walked from his lodgings to the Church for Palm Sunday. There was quite a crowd of people watching and asking to be blessed. The tradition is to weave young... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Zvartnots is about 4-5 km from Echmiatsin and is another World Heritage site. It dates from mid-7th Century but was damaged in the 10th Century by an earthquake. But even the ruins are worth visiting. We met a couple there taking wedding photos -- very friendly. The Zvartnos Museum is small but also worth a stopover and the small fee.

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Reviewed 19 February 2017

I visited this cathedral many years ago but there is no option to check for that period so I hope that TA will allow this to be published. A short ride from Yeravan and you can be in the small village that is the home of the first cathedral. Yes, this is suppose to be the first Christian cathedral ever.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

We took a tour with Hyur Service which included the Church of Echmiatsin and Zvartnots . Both were impressive and we were lucky enough to see a service being performed in the Cathedral !

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Staines, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

Zvartnots is a newly excavated byzantine site which has been sympathetically restored in part. Historic value is impossible to rate and it is a site not to be missed to understand the religious beginnings of Armenia. Accessible from Yerevan via public transport. Complex of buildings and structures with cathedrals and churches and a pagan temple.

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Lakeland, Florida
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

zvartnots ruins are 3 star. nice to view for 10 min, then time to move on. ruins are hard to appreciate, you get only fleeting impression of what was. the "holy see" of the Armenian church are 5 star. the sacred museum is the main attraction. if you are a believer---a most sacred collection of relics. if non-believer--a great collection... More 

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Reviewed 25 October 2016

Zvartnots was only discovered in the 20th century and is the ruin of a 6th century cathedral that for a while took over from Echmiadzin cathedral, before being ruined in the 10th century and abandoned. Today part of the columns and arches are standing yet again, and on a clear they mount Ararat appears spectacularly in the background. This cathedral... More 

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This review is quite late. During my trip to Armenia I booked all my tours with Hyur Services except to three attractions an this one of them. I took the public transportation to Echmiadzin and it was rather easy and more economical than booking a group tour package. The churches of Echmiadzin, along with monasteries and archaeological site of Zvartnots... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

This is a remarkable site. There are some superb buildings in a lovely setting. The buildings are well preserved and interestingly architecturally. Inside there was a beautiful choir singing which made even me a confirmed atheist feel moved. What is deadful is the appalling behaviour of tourists violating this sacred site by not adhering to the dress code, by taking... More 

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Reviewed 19 September 2016

The Churches of Echmiadzin,are like the Ankur Wat temples in Cambodia. It is a city of churches and monasteries. The major ones are Saint Hripsime,Saint Gayane,Zvartnots cathedral and the Echmiadzin cathedral.These are all functioning and beautiful.

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