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  • Yerevan: Carve Khachkar and Lavash Baking with Lunch

    1. Yerevan: Carve Khachkar and Lavash Baking with Lunch

    At the beginning of the day, your guide will pick you up from your hotel from where you will head to the religious center of Armenia, Etchmiadzin. Due to its rich history and symbolic importance, it is a sacred spot for all Armenian Christians. Together with a few ancient churches situated nearby, its cathedral was included as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. After getting acquainted with the history of the oldest church in the world, you will head in the direction of the “Khachkar Master School” in the village of Arshaluys. There, you will observe the tradition of Armenian stone carving up close, and will potentially spark some inspiration for your own project. Learning under the master Ruben's guidance and supervision, you'll soon be able to carve traditional Armenian patterns on a small piece of volcanic stone. It is worth to mention that because of its unique craftsmanship, t...

  • Yerevan, Echmiadzin & Zvartnots Tour with a Guide

    2. Yerevan, Echmiadzin & Zvartnots Tour with a Guide

    Explore the fascinating sights of Yerevan, the heart of Armenia. Learn about the spread of Christianity in Armenia as you visit the St. Hripsime and St. Gayane churches. Finally, admire medieval Armenian architecture at the Zvartnots Temple which was built in the 7th century. Meet your guide at 10 AM at the meeting point. Enjoy interesting stories from the 1000-year history of the capital. Marvel at the main architectural monuments and vintage central streets. Catch a panoramic view of the whole city from the height of a special viewpoint. Next up, visit Echmiadzin and its churches, listed among UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. The first stops are the churches of St. Hripsime and St. Gayane, dedicated to the Christian women-martyrs who escaped from Rome with their abbess Gayane. Afterward visit the Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, the main cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church a...

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