Zvartnots Cathedral

Zvartnots Cathedral
37 activities found
Sort by:

Top sights near Zvartnots Cathedral

Zvartnots Cathedral: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Yerevan: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral and Zvartnots Tour

From Yerevan: Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral and Zvartnots Tour

Your tour starts at 10:00 AM from the local partner's head office in Yerevan. Drive to western Armenia, where your first stop is St. Echmiadzin, the main Armenian Apostolic Church. The Cathedral of Echmiadzin was founded at the beginning of the fourth century and is one of the oldest churches in the world. According to the legend, the church was built in the place where the apparition of Jesus Christ was seen to Gregory the Illuminator in a dream. Your next stop is St. Hripsime's Church, one of the famous ecclesiastical buildings in the city of Echmiadzin. This is the perfect example of cross-cupola churches in Armenia. The Treasures of Echmiadzin Museum is situated in the southeast section of the Cathedral. Unique holy relics and religious art are now housed in the museum.  Your last stop is Zvartnots Temple, which is a result of skillfulness and brave creativity of Armenian architects of the 7th century. At the end of your tour, return to the Yerevan city center.

Yerevan: Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

Yerevan: Khor Virap, Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

Start your day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Yerevan. Enjoy a short meet and greet with your driver before setting off to your first destination. Visit Echmiadzin, the famous cathedral that legend says was chosen by Jesus Christ for this important church to be built. Admire its beautiful architecture and discover why it is considered the residence of Sumpreme Catholicos of all Aremnians. Continue to the magnificent Zvartnots Temple, a site of historical significance that was constructed in the 7th century before continuing on to the pagan temple Garni. Marvel at a temple built in the 1st century AD, dedicated to the sun god Mithra. Take a short drive to a temple situated not far away and visit the Monastery Geghard, built in the 4th century by The First Armenian Catholicos - Gregory the Illuminator. The name of the monastery originates from the spear of the Roman soldier who pierced the body of Jesus Christ which is presented in the museum of Echmiadzin. Finish your day in Khor Virap monastery where spectacular views of the Ararat Mountain await. Climb down the infamous deep pit using a narrow ladder to truly experience the historical sites atmosphere.

Day Trip: From Yerevan Sightseeing to Holy Echmiadzin

Day Trip: From Yerevan Sightseeing to Holy Echmiadzin

The day will begin at the iconic Cascade Complex, a massive stairway adorned with contemporary art installations. Stroll through the heart of Yerevan, Republic Square, a grandiose ensemble of buildings, fountains, and statues, surrounded by cafes and shops. An exciting part about the Echmiadzin complex is that all its churches are included in the UNESCO heritage list. The journey will start with visiting St. Hripsime Church, an Armenian Apostolic church of the 7th century in Vagharshapat. We will continue the tour and visit the St. Echmiadzin Treasury Museum. It will offer you beautiful historical arts to visit that you will never forget.

Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, Echmiadzin, & Zvartnots

This tour will introduce you to the exotic Pagan history of Armenia, and explain the later development and spread of Christianity in the country. Garni Temple (77 A.D.) is the only standing heathen temple in the whole post-Soviet area. The temple stands on a high plateau overlooking the Azat River gorge. It is also home to the roman bath house with its mysterious mosaic, made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace, dating back to 3rd Century A.D. The monastic complex of Geghard is another historical site included on this private tour. The complex is a representation of 13th Century Armenia, which is considered to be the Golden Age of the country’s architecture. The most astonishing part is that this church is cut out solid rock. Whilst travelling to Armenia, you may also be interested in seeing the world’s first Christian Cathedral church. Echmiadzin is considered to be the spiritual center of all Armenians all over the world. You will also visit the St. Hripsime Church. This amazing building has stood since its construction in 618 A.D, making it one of the oldest standing churches in the world. Five minutes drive away will be your next stop at the 7th Century Church of St. Gayane. On the way back to Yerevan, you will make a final stop at another beautiful 7th Century temple, also included in the UNESCO heritage list.

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin, and Zvartnots Tour

From Yerevan: Khor Virap, Etchmiadzin, and Zvartnots Tour

Visit Armenia’s oldest and most well-known historical landmark, Mount Ararat. This private half-day tour takes you to the closest spot possible at Khor Virap Monastery for spectacular views of the snow-capped volcano. Located about an hour’s drive away from Yerevan, the monastery offers an amazing view of the majestic Mount Ararat. Explore Khor Virap and learn about the region’s history as a royal prison. This was the very prison where Gregory the Illuminator, the first Armenian Catholic, was held for 13 years. It’s no surprise that the monastery serves as one of the most sacred spots in Armenia.   Discover more of Armenia’s sacred spots with a stop at Saint Hripsime Church, built on the sepulcher of the nun Hripsime and one of the oldest churches in the world. A short 5 minute drive away is the 7th-century church of Saint Gayane. From here visit the world’s first Christian Cathedral, the Holy Etchmiadzin. Built in 301-304, legend says that Jesus Christ descended here, where Gregory the Illuminator ordered to build the church. On the way back to Yerevan, the tour will conclude with a final stop at another beautiful 7th-century temple.

Private Day Trip to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Private Day Trip to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Get ready in order to explore: Khor Virap Monastery, which means “deep dungeon”, is one of the most important sanctuaries of Armenians. Its history is closely linked to the religious and cultural history of Armenia. The monastery is located at the foot of the biblical Mount Ararat, where according to the Old Testament, after the Universal Flood Noah's Ark had run aground. Mount Ararat is the greatest symbol of Armenia and all Armenians around the world. Etchmiadzin Cathedral - the religious center for all the Armenian. Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301. The cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2000. Hripsime Church, listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, was built by the order of the Catholicos Komitas in 618. The legend of Hripsime dates from the early days of Christianity. Hripsimeh fled to Armenia to escape persecution by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. A beautiful but totally devoted follower of Christ, Hripsime refused to marry the pagan Armenian King Trdat III and chose the death of a martyr. A small chapel was erected over the spot where she was murdered. In the 7th century a wondrous church — a masterpiece of Armenian architecture — was built in its place by order of Catholicos Komitas. Also, you will visit Zvartnots Cathedral, one of the medieval Armenian cathedrals built in the seventh century. The ruins of Zvartnots Temple are designated by Unesco as World Heritage Site. Enjoy your stay in our country.

From Yerevan: Echmiadzin cathedral and Zvartnots temple

From Yerevan: Echmiadzin cathedral and Zvartnots temple

Visit churches of Echmiatsin and Zvartnots temple, which together make up a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site! During this 5-hour private tour you will see a series of landmarks, from Echmiadsin Cathedral to Saint Hripsime Church, Saint Gayane Church, and the 7th-century Zvartnots Cathedral. Choose one of the presented individual tours, customized it or create your private tour in Armenia with Jan Armenia Tours and Travel! Book with us & Let us show you the Land of old Legends, Biblical Stories and Ancient History! Saint Hripsime Church was founded in the 7th century by Catholicos Komitas I Aghtsetsi in the place of a sepulcher of Saint Hripsime. Since 2000 Saint Hripsime Temple has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral was founded in the IV century BC, whose name means “place of the descent of the Only Begotten.” A feature of the Cathedral is that in addition to the main altar in the eastern part, there is another altar in the middle, at the site of the descent of Christ. In the right-hand boundary of the Etchmiadzin Cathedral there is the Treasury Museum, where are kept relics, church clothes, embroidered with gold and pearls, catholicos’ staffs and crosses, numerous ritual objects made of gold, silver and ivory. St. Gayane Church was built in honor of St. Gayane in the VII century on the place of IV century chapel, which is one of the best monuments of Armenian architecture. The relics of Saint Gayane are kept in the southern wall of the temple, next to the altar niche. Тhe magnificent Zvartnots Temple, which mean “Temple of Vigil Forces”, was built in the VII century. The temple was built for 20 years. Unfortunately, Zvartnots was destroyed by a powerful earthquake in the XX century and only its ruins remained. But even the ruins of this temple give us an idea of its rare and majestic beauty.

Khor Virap, Garni Temple, Geghard, Echmiadzin, Zvartnots

Khor Virap, Garni Temple, Geghard, Echmiadzin, Zvartnots

Visit the unique places included in this tour – the most famous & UNESCO listed places in Armenia: Khor Virap Monastery, Garni temple, Geghard Monastery, Echmiadzin Cathedral and Zvartnots Temple with Jan Armenia Tours & Travel company! Khor Virap – Armenian monastery, built in 642, translated from Armenian means “deep hole”. Khor Virap is one of the shrines of the Armenian Apostolic Church, a place of pilgrimage. The most interesting fact of this monastery is the fact that it was built on the site of the royal prison, where Gregory the Illuminator was previously imprisoned – the patron saint and the first official head of the Armenian Apostolic Church by the Armenian king for 13 years. The pagan temple of Garni was built in the second half of the 1st century by King Trdat III. This is the only pagan temple, which has been preserved on the territory of Armenia. After the adoption of Christianity it became the summer residence of Khosrovadukht, sister of King Trdat III. Geghard Monastery is one of the greatest medieval architectural structures in Armenia. Geghard is completely hollowed out in a cave, it is also called a “cave monastery”. This monastery was founded in the 4th century AD. in place of the sacred spring, originating in the cave. The name of the monastery complex Geghard (spear) comes from the Langin’n spear, which pierced the body of Jesus Christ on the cross. At the moment this spear is kept in the museum of Etchmiadzin. The monastery complex Geghard is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. “Symphony of Stones” is a natural monument and protected by law. This is one of the must-see places of Armenia. Saint Hripsime Churchwas founded in the 7th century by Catholicos Komitas I Aghtsetsi in the place of a sepulcher of Saint Hripsime. Since 2000 Saint Hripsime Temple has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral was founded in the IV century BC, whose name means “place of the descent of the Only Begotten.” A feature of the Cathedral is that in addition to the main altar in the eastern part, there is another altar in the middle, at the site of the descent of Christ. In the right-hand boundary of the Etchmiadzin Cathedral there is the Treasury Museum, where are kept relics, church clothes, embroidered with gold and pearls, catholicos’ staffs and crosses, numerous ritual objects made of gold, silver and ivory. St. Gayane Church was built in honor of St. Gayane in the VII century on the place of IV century chapel, which is one of the best monuments of Armenian architecture. The relics of Saint Gayane are kept in the southern wall of the temple, next to the altar niche. Тhe magnificent Zvartnots Temple, which mean “Temple of Vigil Forces”, was built in the VII century. The temple was built for 20 years. Unfortunately, Zvartnots was destroyed by a powerful earthquake in the XX century and only its ruins remained. But even the ruins of this temple give us an idea of its rare and majestic beauty.

3 Day UNESCO Heritage Private Tour in Armenia from Yerevan

3 Day UNESCO Heritage Private Tour in Armenia from Yerevan

Get an unforgettable experience with this offer & get ready in order to explore: Day 1: Yerevan - Khor Virap - Etchmiadin - Zvartnots - Vernissage - Yerevan • Khor Virap Monastery, one of the most important sanctuaries of Armenians, located at the foot of the biblical Mount Ararat. • Etchmiadzin Cathedral - the religious center for all the Armenian. Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301. The cathedral was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2000. • Hripsime Church, listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, was built by the order of the Catholicos Komitas in 618. • Also, you will visit Zvartnots Cathedral, one of the medieval Armenian cathedrals built in the seventh century. The ruins of Zvartnots Temple are designated by Unesco as World Heritage Site. • The last stop is Vernissage, a large open-air exhibition-market in Yerevan, where you will find anything and everything. Day 2: Yerevan - Garni - Arch of Charents - Geghard - Lake Sevan - Fruit Market - Yerevan •The Arch of Charents. It’s a place where you can admire the most beautiful view of Mount Ararat. • Garni Temple is the only preserved pagan temple in the entire territory of the Caucasus. The construction dates back to the second half of the 1st century and was dedicated to the Sun God. After the Christianization of Armenia, the temple was used as a royal residence. • Geghard which is a medieval monastery declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. According to tradition The Geghard Monastery was founded by Saint Gregory in the 4th century on the site of a sacred spring. The peculiar character of the construction is reflected in its austerity and the magnificent natural scenery of the canyon, surrounded by precipices and curved cliffs. • Then you will make a stop to visit the Sevanavank monastic complex on the peninsula and contemplate the beautiful landscape of Lake Sevan, which is the pearl of Armenia. • And the last visit is the Yerevan fruit market which is a colorful, fragrant and busy huge indoor market with hundreds of stalls of farmers, bakers etc that actually grow and prepare their own food. Day 3: Yerevan - Noravank - Karahunj - Tatev/Wings of Tatev- Yerevan • You will visit one of the wonderful monuments of medieval Armenia, the Monastery of Noravank, located in an impressive canyon. Noravank means "New Monastery" and is considered one of the most attractive places in the country. • Our next stop is Karahunj Observatory, also known as Zorats Karer, a megalithic composition of Bronze Age tombs and over 220 standing stones / menhirs. • The last stop is Tatev Monastery which is the gem of Armenian architecture. It was founded in the 9th century and has been a major educational and religious center in Armenia for many centuries. We are going to take cable car Wings of Tatev which is the longest reversible cableway in the world (5752 m), recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Enjoy your stay in our country.

Echmiadzin (st Gayane, Hripsime, Cathedral), Zvartnots

Echmiadzin (st Gayane, Hripsime, Cathedral), Zvartnots

Visiting Armenia doesn’t count until you pay a visit to Etchmiadzin. This tour will give you a chance to get acquainted with the peculiarities of Armenian Christianity, its rich history and heritage. The first destination of the tour will be St. Hripsime church, which was built on the grave of a Christian nun, who preached and spread Christianity in Armenia. The next spot is 7th century church of St Gayane. Later you will visit the world’s first Christian Cathedral - Echmiadzin. The word “Echmiadzin” means a place where “the only begotten son of God descended”. According to a legend, Jesus Christ descended from heaven and indicated the spot for a church to be built. Echmiadzin is the residence of the Supreme Catholicos of all Armenians and the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The last destination of our tour is one of the brightest landmarks of medieval Armenian architecture – the magnificent Zvartnots Temple constructed in the 7th century. All these churches and the temple are listed on the UNESCO World’s Cultural Heritage Sites.

Top Attractions in Vagharshapat

Things to Do in Zvartnots Cathedral

Cities in Armenia

Other Sightseeing Options in Zvartnots Cathedral

Want to discover all there is to do in Zvartnots Cathedral? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Zvartnots Cathedral

Overall rating

4.9
(15 reviews)

Our tour with Zaven was fantastic! We started at Geghard monastery and then worked our way west all day. He surprised us by stopping at a bakery where they made fresh lavash bread. Here we had breakfast of lavash, cheeses, cucumber & tomatoes with herbs. Then later in the day we did a local wine tasting too. The weather was perfect and our view of Mt. Ararat from Khor Virap was awesome. Was a bit disappointed that the Echmiadzin Cathedral was under renovation so we could not enter it, but the grounds were beautiful. This tour was fantastic since you get to see at lot of the monasteries/monuments all in one day. Plus you can take your time at each place while your driver waits.

My personal guide Van was very helpful and professional. He took me to a good viewpoint of the Svartnots Monastery when I wanted to go there, and negotiated with the staff to let me into the museum in Etimiazin when I couldn't get in because it was full. I was travelling alone and he took lots of photos so I was happy with that. Thank you for a great experience! DeepLで翻訳しました (https://www.deepl.com/app/?utm_source=ios&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=share-translation)

I can highly recommend Explora Armenia. We did this 3 day trip and it was absolutely amazing. We crossed Armenia crisscross. It is a beautiful country with nice people and very rich in history. Everything went perfectly from the agency's side. Try it and you won't be disappointed.

We had an amazing day out with our guide, Raffi. He is extremely knowledgeable and humorous - we learnt a lot of history and about contemporary Armenia. Thank you! :)

The guide (Zaven) is very friendly, drives carefully and he doesn't refuse a chat on topics different than the usual tourist guide's topics.