Etchmiadzin

Cathedral

This is the main cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the seat of the Catholicos of All Armenians (303-484, 1441-present).

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St. Shoghakat Church

The church of Shoghakat (“a drop of light” in Armenian) was commissioned in 1694 by Prince Aghamal Shorotetsi, during the reign of Catholicos Nahabed I of Edessa.

It was erected at the site of the 4th century chapel built atop the mausoleum of St. Marianeh. Shoghakat sits on the spot where the Christian martyrs led by the Abbess St. Gayaneh settled in Armenia. The name of the church refers to the first rays of light that beamed upon Gregory the Illuminator.

Built in brown tufa stone, the church is remarkable for its unique architecture. 

The octagonal drum rests on four penden­tives, supported by four chamber pilasters. The eastern high apse is flanked on either side by chapels. Attached from the west of the church lies the gavit/hall. 

The layout and the symmetrical patterns are characteristic of the structures dated to the 6th-7th cc, which suggests that the present-day building rests on the foun­dations of an earlier church built in those centuries.

In 2000 the church was listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites with the name “Cathedral and Churches of Etchmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots”.


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    Ticket price Locals: 500 AMD; Foreigners: 1500 AMD

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    How to reach From Yerevan take M5 highway and drive 21.4 km to north west and you will reach the Etchmiadzin. The trip will take approximately 25 minutes.

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