Ejmiatsin(st.Hripsime church,st.Gayane church,Mother Cathedral)-Zvartnoc by car (up to 4 pers)

Ejmiadzin, which means the «The Descent of the Only Begotten Son» is an ancient capital of Armenia. According to legend, Jesus Christ descended from heaven and indicated the spot for a church to be built.

Mother Cathedral: The Cathedral was built on top of the pagan temple of Vagharshapat, after it was destroyed by King Trdat. The Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the world. According to the legend the church was built in the place where apparition of Jesus Christ was seen to Grigory the Illuminator in the dream. As you return to the cathedral on the northern face, you can see the different strata of construction, beginning with the main wall, which has blocks of stone from the original 301-303 AD edifice, inscribed in Greek, the language used before the adoption of the Mashtots Armenian Alphabet (ca. 405 AD). You can also see angled cornices in the upper wall, which show where the original roofline was.

st.Hripsime church: Saint Hripsimé Church is one of the oldest surviving churches in Armenia. This is the developed and perfect example of cross-cupola churches in Armenia. The church was erected by Catholicos Komitas atop the original mausoleum built by Catholicos Sahak the Great in the year 395 AD.The structure was completed in the year 618 AD. It is known for its fine Armenian architecture of the classical period, which has influenced many other Armenian churches since.

st Gayane: St. St. Gayane church is built in the City of Echmiadzin, a short walk from the Cathedral of Echmiadzin. Built in 630 AD.Hripsime belongs to another architectural type worked out in the epoch of early Christianity in Armenia. This is a domed basilica with an octahedral drum resting on four internal pillars which divide the interior of the structure into three naves. According to the legend this church was constructed over the tomb of Virgin Gayane, who was martyred for preaching Christianity.

Zvartnots Temlple. Zvartnots, a complex of structures erected in the middle of the 7th century near Ejmiatsin, is of extreme architectural value. The plan of Zvartnots is based on the composition of the central nucleus of Armenias cross-winged, dome-type structures of the previous times, that is the Greek cross. However, this cross is harmoniously fitted into a circle rather than into a square. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. There survived only the lower parts of the walls and individual fragments, and scientists reconstructions of the temples original look vary. Zvartnots is a monument which embodies the centuries old traditions of Armenian architects. In its artistic image and daring spatial arrangement, formed by an intricate combination of arches and buttresses.