Today we will visit the religious center of Armenia – Saint Ejmiatsin. In 301 Armenia adopted Christianity as the state religion. In the same year, the construction of the first Christian Church of St. Ejmiatsin began. Ejmiatsin translates as “the place of descent of the only begotten”. According to the legend, the God himself indicated the place of the first Christian Church to Gregory the Illuminator with a fire hammer. Over time, parishioners are becoming more and more, and the Church is being rebuilt until the XX century. Ejmiatsin is a religious town, on the territory of which you can see a theological Seminary, a refectory, monastic cells, a library (book Depository), a lot of khachkars, a baptistery and the residence of the Armenian Catholicos. Ejmiatsin is famous for its rich religious Museum, where you can see the spear of Longin, a piece of Noah’s Ark, the life-giving cross (a sliver from the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified), parts of the relics of St. John the Baptist and other religious values.
We will visit the complex of Zvartnots and the Church of St Hripsime as well. The ruins of the temple of VII century amaze with its power and fine carving. The Church of St. Hripsime of 618 is the pearl of Armenian architecture.
The Church of St. Hripsime was built in honor of her Christian mentor – St. Gayane. The temple was built in 630 on the site of the chapel of the IV century.
All the above-mentioned monuments are included in the UNESCO world heritage list.