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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

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Holy Mount Ararat

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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

 

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 place where the Cathedral sits is not an occasional one. It is said that Gregory the Illuminator had a vision in his dream that Jesus descended from heaven and pointed to the place where the Ca-thedral of Etchmiadzin is currently situated. Thus, the name Etchmiadzin means “the coming of the only begotten”.

The main edifice of the structure is pretty enormous. However, the major part of the interior is used for purposes other than worship and the area inside is much smaller than it seems from the outside. The entire complex is designed with a traditional Armenian design including a belfry and a number of rotundas. Most of the exterior of the church is plain, until you reach the entrance which is intri-cately carved and very beautiful.

A visit to the Cathedral will not be full without a tour to the Museum. The structure contains nu-merous cultural values, exclusive art works, candles, curtains, old carpets, religious artifacts as well as illuminated artifacts worth seeing. These national values were brought from different Armenian colonies which proved Armenian national high taste and conception of beauty.

Another secret place worth seeing is the fire pit beneath the altar. Here in ancient times the pagans worshiped fire before the adoption of Christianity. The fire pit will be shown only upon request.

The Cathedral of St. Echmiadzin full of sacred ancient relics protects the lance (geghard in Arme-nian). It is said that this lance has pierced Christ’s side.

Etchmiadzin Cathedral together with the other churches in the territory is inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.