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Yerevan

the capital, and by far the largest city

23km

40.177444.5126

Tsaghkadzor

Armenia's ski destination.

55km

40.533344.7167
Sights

Shoghakat Church

At the site of the present day church of Shoghakat, there stood an earlier church of the 6th or 7th century which has not survived. Current building was erected in 1694 by Prince Aghamal Sorotetsi. The name of the church comes from Armenian (Շողակաթ եկեղեցի) meaning "drop of light" because of the ray of light that came down from heaven upon Hripsimé's martyrs.

561m

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Vagharshapat

city in Armenia

982m

40.1727777844.2925

Etchmiadzin Cathedral

Founded in 301 by St. Gregory the Illuminator and rebuilt and added to for over 1,700 years, Echmiadzin now is 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 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. In autumn 2018 the cathedral interior is a building site, though services continue - this work will probably drag on into 2019. The Treasury is unaffected and well-worth seeing, though the star exhibit, the Roman Geghard or "Spear used at the Cross", is on loan to NY Met Museum until mid-Feb 2019.

1.1km

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Saint Hripsime Church

An outstanding example of earlier Christian architecture, this 7th century cathedral with soaring ceilings and vast interior space was an example for future architects.

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Saint Gayane Church

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.

1.2km

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Zvartnots Cathedral

Ruins of cathedral built 643-652 by the order of Catholicos Nerses. It's a 3-tiered rotunda on a platform (ramp on right) with a small museum.

4.1km

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Zvartnots, Armenia

town in Armenia

11km

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Kecharis Monastery

monastery

56km

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Makravank Monastery

cultural heritage monument of Armenia

57km

40.527544.737222

Church of the Holy Mother of God, Vanadzor

Very old black and orange stone Armenian church. It is one of the nicest examples of historic architecture in Vanadzor. It was built in 1831 and then renovated in 1999.

58km

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Moscow Cinema

64km

40.315144.8712

Sev Berd

The big, round, black fortress on the top of the hill overlooking Gyumri is a good spot to take in the view. It once protected the Russian Empire from the Ottoman Empire. Nearby is the huge "Mother Armenia" statue.

74km

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Kobayr monastery

The partially collapsed church once had magnificently exposed frescoes - which are now being covered again as the complex is restored. The setting is really nice, as are the views. Well worth the 15-min walk up the slippery wet slopes of the canyon.

80km

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Horomayr Monastery

The monastery is built in part at the top of the cliff, in part halfway down. At the top, there is a three-chambered chapel. Below, the walls of the canyon form one of the four walls of the structures. There are caves within the monastic complex, khachkars and carvings. St Mark's Church was built by the Princes Zakare and Ivane Zakarian in 1187. The other buildings were built by Abbot Samuel in 1206.

81km

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Odzun Church

A huge basilica, which has withstood the tests of time for 1,300 years, the church in Odzun is a beauty. There is an interest memorial on the site with carvings telling a story, and a large village surrounds the church.

82km

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Haghartsin Monastery

cultural heritage monument of Armenia

83km

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Sanahin Monastery

cultural heritage monument of Armenia

87km

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Sanahin

village in Lori Province of Armenia

87km

41.08792444.667985

Lake Parz

lake in Armenia

88km

40.75138944.960556

Haghpat

village in Lori Province of Armenia

90km

41.09544.71027778

Haghpat Monastery

Part of the same UNESCO site as Sanahin, you'll have a hard time choosing a favourite. The labyrinth of passages, chambers, khachkars and views will leave you wondering how this masterpiece was built.

90km

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Khujabi Monastery

If you make it to Khorakert, you should be able to make it to this soaring, majestic and lost work of architecture, further along the border.

92km

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Akhtala Monastery

This beautiful fortified monastery has exquisite frescoes, large fortifications, great carvings and interesting ruins. Not many visit it yet, but that will likely change in time.

97km

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Aghavnavank Monastery

monastery in Armenia

101km

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Noravank

monastery

111km

39.68406145.232872

Lake Sevan

lake in Armenia

117km

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Echmiadzin

Armenia
Echmiadzin (renamed Vagharshapat in 1992), in Central Armenia, is Armenia's fourth-largest city. It is the seat of the Armenian Catholicos, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's usually visited as a day-trip from Yerevan, along with nearby Zvartnots.

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Climate

Average temperatures

Jan

1.6°C-7.3
Precipitation: 20 mm

Feb

4.4°C-5.3
Precipitation: 22 mm

Mar

11.6°C0.2
Precipitation: 27 mm

Apr

19°C6.1
Precipitation: 36 mm

May

24.4°C10.5
Precipitation: 51 mm

Jun

28.8°C14.1
Precipitation: 29 mm

Jul

33.1°C17.8
Precipitation: 16 mm

Aug

32.5°C17.5
Precipitation: 12 mm

Sep

28.4°C12.4
Precipitation: 14 mm

Oct

20.5°C6.5
Precipitation: 29 mm

Nov

12.4°C1.2
Precipitation: 25 mm

Dec

4.9°C-3.6
Precipitation: 20 mm
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