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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

  Duration: 10 days / 9 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: 1300 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Holy Mount Ararat

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1080 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Guaranteed Departures

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Leisure; Best Period: according to set dates; Distance: ~500 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Armenia – Top Destination of the year

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: March - November; Distance to be passed: ~1150 km; Coutnry: Armenia See more details

ARMENIA UNESCO

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Historical, Wine, Cognac, Hiking; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1550 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Following the Great Silk Road

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Silk Road, Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1050 km Countries: Georgia, Armenia See more details

Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

  Duration: 14 days / 13 nights; Tour Type: Jeeping, Historical, Adventure, Wine Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1900 km; Countries: Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh See more details

Pearls of Caucasus

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine, Gourmand Best Period: March - December Distance: Countries: Armenia, Georgia See more details
Armavir

 

Armavir Marz is located in the Arax river valley, on perhaps the most fertile lands in Armenia, made up of the three Soviet regions of Ejmiatsin (the basin of the lower Kasagh river), Armavir (the Metsamor or Sevjur river basin), and Baghramian, the rocky western upland. Jewel in the touristic crown is Ejmiatsin, the mother church of Armenia, with its treasury and outlying early medieval churches, including the ruined Zvartnots Cathedral. The Sardarapat battle monument includes an impressive ethnographic museum. There are some other interesting historical places in Armavir such as Urartian/Hellenistic city of Armavir/Argishtihinili and fortress of Aragats, and the early Iron Age site/museum of Metsamor, that have significant archaeological significance, though somewhat mys-terious to non-specialists.

 

 

The Cathedral of St. Echmiadzin is an important place for all Armenians in the world. Construction begun in the 4th century, built on the ruins of a pagan cult site, but it has been heavily restored through the centuries, most thoroughly in the 17th cent. Displacing a rival mother church at Ashtishat in Western Armenia, Echmiadzin has been seat of the Katholikos in the 4th and 5th centuries and again since 1441. As such, and as the seat of the miraculous relics of the Armenian church – the Lance, the hand of St. Gregory the Illuminator, the hand of the Apostle Thaddeus, a finger of St. Jude, a drop of St. Hripsime's blood, etc. – it came to control vast estates and received rich gifts from around the Armenian world.

 

 

The church of St. Hripsime is situated in the eastern part of Etchmiadzin. All its facades have deep twin niches, making the massive stonework of the walls look wonderfully delicate and giving a pe-culiar charm and at the same time a forceful expression to the severe and magnificent appearance of the whole building. The structure has withstood numerous earthquakes due to many aspects that give it strength and stability. In the walls niches were used to increase the building's resistance to collapse. The church of St. Hripsime was reconstructed in 1653, when a four-column portico was attached to its west entrance, which was transformed into belfry in the 19th century. St. Hripsime has survived basically unchanged.

 

Holy Gayane has the same history behind as holy Hripsime. Both of them sacrificed themselves, together with thirty eight nuns, for the sake of their religion. Later in 301 AD the king Trdat III, who tortured and killed the nuns, became the king to accept Christianity as a state religion.

 

Though the church of St. Gayane was built centuries ago, in 630, its design remains unaltered. Only partial renovations of the dome and separate sections have been done.

 

 

St. Shoghakat (meaning “a drop of light”) church is one of the comparatively recent pieces of reli-gious architecture. It was built only in 1694, near St. Gayane and St. Hripsime. The church was constructed at the holy place where thirty eight nuns had been tortured and martyred by the king Trdat III. Following Gayane and Hripsime, those nuns preferred to die for the sake of their religion. And according to a legend, in honor of those nuns, a drop of light fell on the place where the church was later constructed.

 

 

Not far from Etchmiadzin on the way to Yerevan lie the ruins of the church of Zvartnots (church of the Guardian Angel or Celestial Angel), a colossal and unique masterpiece of Armenian architecture. Zvartnots was built at a time when much of Armenia was under Byzantine control or influence and during the early invasions of Armenia by the Muslim Arabs. Construction of the cathedral began in 642 under the guidance of Catholicos Nerses III. Dedicated to St Gregory, it was located in the place where a meeting between king Trdat III and Gregory the Illuminator was supposed to have taken place. From 653 to 659 the construction of the cathedral continued under Anastas Akarratsi. Following the Arab occupation of Dvin and the intensifying wars between the Byzantine and Arab armies on the former's eastern borders, Nerses transferred the patriarchal palace of the Catholicos from Dvin to Zvartnots.

 
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