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Echmiadzin

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*<see name="Cathedral of Echmiadzin" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">or '''The Angels of Sky Cathedral'''. Founded in 301 by St. Gregory the Illuminator and rebuilt and added to for over 1,700 years, Echmiadzin is the '''oldest state-built church in the world'''. It is still the heart of the Armenian Church, and seat of the Catholicos of all Armenians. The altar is built over an ancient pagan fire worshiping pit (accessible from the museum behind the altar), the inside has some interesting frescoes, altar, lamps, and thrones. The intricate bell tower entrance is an addition from the 1800s, and the surrounding grounds have gardens with examples of khachkars from throughout Armenia and further. Near the new entrance gates are a few exquisite khachkar examples from Jugha (now in Azerbaijan) - which had by far the largest khachkar collection in the world. The thousands of khachkars which remained there were destroyed during this decade by the Azeri government. </see>
*<see name="S. Hripsime Cathedral" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">An outstanding example of earlier Christian architecture, this 7th century cathedral with soaring ceilings and vast interior space was an example for future architects.</see>
*<see name="S. Gayane Church" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Built in honor of one of the Christian virgins killed by the Armenian King, along with Hripsime, this smaller church with an arcade in front is a few blocks south of the Echmiadzin compound.</see>

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