Echmiadzin is considered to be the most sacred of the Armenian cities. The head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Supreme Catholicos is headquartered at Echmiadzin city . The city was created approximately during the 4 th or 3 rd century BC. However, much later it became the capital of Armenia and remained so from AD 180-340.
Location of Echmiadzin:
Echmiadzin is located in the Armenian province Armavir. Echmiadzin in Armenia lies 20 km west of the capital city Yerevan.
Attractions in Echmiadzin:
- Echmiadzin city is home to the most significant cathedrals belonging to heritage of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The most important among these is the Ejmiatsin Cathedral Compound. It was built by St.Gregory the Illuminator adjacent to the kings palace in 480. The present church built in the 17 th century epitomizes characteristic Armenian architecture reflected in the cathedral's exquisitely chiseled dome and bell tower.
- The eastern fringe of Ejmiatsin city is adorned by yet another instance of classical Armenian architecture, the Hripsime Church.
- The Gayane church built in 630 is located close to the Cathedral of Echmiadzin. Its architectural variety belongs to the period of early Christianity in Armenia.
- Shoghakat church is yet another architectural marvel added much later to Echmiadzin's architectural collection.
- An authentic Eastern Armenian delicacy named kyufta is yet another hallmark of this holy city.
- SKA-Arai Echmiadzin is a popular Armenian football club based in Echmiadzin city.
Set against picturesque backgrounds, these churches are the defining features of the religious Echmiadzin city.