The Main Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Ejmiatsin is the oldest Christian cathedral in the world. It was constructed in 301-303 AD, the year when Armenia officially declared to be the first Christian country of the world.Next to the Mother See is the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians, the Head of the Armenian Apostolic Church....more
Zvartnots Cathedral is situated along the Yerevan - Echmiadzin road, only 3 km from Echmiadzin. The church and the patriarchal palace are in ruins, but you can see that this church looked different from other churches in Armenia. It was a round church with a high dome, and it is supposed to have been the largest round church in the world when it...more
One of the rooms underground at corners of the church within St. Hripsime's Church is a room where one lights candles and sends prayers to God. In the picture you can see stones leaning against the wall with Armenian text written on them. They are prayers carved into stone many centuries ago and these stones were found within the church at various...more
When visiting St. Hripsime's Church in Ejmiatsin, make sure you walk down the stairs from within the church on one of the corners to visit St. Hripsime's Tomb. The tomb is centrally placed in the middle of an underground room surrounded by 7th century stones. Trust me, the place smells and feels like many many centuries old. The picture of St....more
St. Hripsime was one of the refugee nuns from Rome in the late 3rd century who were persecuted under the rule of King Trdat III and the king himself tried to marry first then rape her. This 7th century church dedicated to her is unquestionably one of Armenia's architectural gems. It was built by order of katholikos Komitas in 618. Standing on a...more
St. Gayane church is another famous church in the city of Ejmiatsin after Ejmiatsin main Cathedral and St. Hripsime Church. They all all located near one another hence one can walk from one church to the other. The history of St. Gayane Church has it that this Church was the abbess of the fleeing nuns persecuted by Trdat III king. The church was...more
This is one of our favorite photos of Armenia.. Since taking photographs inside the cathedral is not allowed, especially using a flash, we opted to take a few photos outside the cathedral and inside the monastary as memories.. This Photograph of the entrance to the Ejmiatsin Cathedral turned out to be one of our favorites.. The detailed handwork...more
This picture is a close up of the Holly Cross and Holly Bible which is located in the center of the Ejmiatsin Cathedral in the Monastary.. We stood there during the mass watching many devoted people kneel down and approach the Holly Bible and the Cross on knees and then kiss them one by one... They would say things in the midst of it so it is my...more
Inside the Ejmiatsin Cathedral in the monastary, the story holds that St. Gregory the Illuminator saw the light and heard from Christ in the city of Ejmiatsin at the exact location seen in the picture. The center of the church way before the altar where the priest stands during the mass is a square with lots of religious ornaments, candles, etc.....more
Pope John Paul II arrived on a visit in Armenia Tuesday, September 25 of 2001. He participated in celebrations of the 1700th anniversary of Armenia's conversion to Christianity and spoke infront of this wall specially built for his visit to Armenia.The Pope John Paul II gave an ecumenic mass in the new Yerevan's central cathedral of St. Gregory the...more
On the basis of Archaeological evidence, the first monastary at Ejmiatsin is of the basilica form and built and rebuilt in the 480s. This monastary was built on the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator is said to have seen the light from above. It is a complex of many buildings with the main church in the center. There are theology students...more
To go to Zvartnots from Yerevan you can take any bus or minibus from the corner of Mesrop Mashtots Poghota and Sarian Poghots (near the Modern Art Museum) going to Echmiadzin. Along the road look for a pillar with an eagle on top, because that’s where you are getting of f. The bus to Zvarnots was 400 drams and the marshrutka back to Yerevan was 250...more
Throughout Armenia but more importantly in Ejmiatsin, being the center of Christianity in Armenia, lighting candles inside churches and monastaries is a custom and a tradition carried over many centuries by people.
The Candles may be purchased (a set fee per candle or a donation depending on the church) and lighted by the means of other candles inside the church and placing them in the sand while saying prayers. Many people light candles and say prayers to bring fortune, health and prosperity for their families and the families of their loved ones.. The prays are subjective hence it is personal and different from person to person.
We've been to many Armenian Churches in Armenia or around the world.. The choir at Ejmiatsin Cathedral in the monastary was beyond belief..
You have to attend the mass on Sunday to be able to hear them sing.. We were fortunate enough to be there on a Sunday and we stood there during the mass waiting for them to start singing the next song and the following and another.. They were very good, best we've ever seen..
Since Ejmiatsin is only 30 minutes away from Yerevan by taxi, it is worth visiting the city on a Sunday to be able to see the Sunday mass... There are always other events going on at the other 2 churches such as Christenings or weddings.. We saw one Christening and were a part of a wedding.. It was a wonderful experience..