EnglishRussianGermanFrenchItalianSpanishArmenian

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

 

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.

There is a legend across Hripsime dating back to the early days of Christianity. The young and beautiful Hripsimé who at the time was a Christian nun in Rome, was to be forcefully married to the Roman emperor Diocletian. She and the abbess Gayané among other nuns fled the tyrant emperor and left to Armenia. The pagan Armenian King Trdat received a letter from Diocletian in which he described her beauty. Trdat discovered where the nuns were hiding, and fell in love with Hripsimé and later Gayané. After her refusal of his advances, Hripsimé was tortured and martyred at the loca-tion of this church, while Gayané was tortured and martyred at a separate location where the church in her name was later built in 630. The remaining thirty-eight unnamed nuns were martyred at the location of Shoghakat. In the church of St. Hripsime relics of the martyr St. Hripsime are kept.

Today the church is considered one of the oldest ones in Armenia, famous for its architecture of the classical period. It also influenced other Armenian churches.

St. Hripsime together with the other churches in the territory and the main Cathedral are inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Nowadays many Armenian couples celebrate their marriage in St Hripsime inspired by the coura-geous legend about the martyred Hripsime.