Echmiadzin Monastery Hopping

3-days Solo tour on Winter Armenia
february 22-24, 2013 friday to sunday

Garni temple - Geghard monastery afternoon tour

Touring Armenia is like Tagbilaran (Bohol) countryside trip I did last September 2011 in Philippines wherein it is better to hire a private transportation or avail a prearranged tour package due to inaccessibility, unavailability of public transportation and ease of time to navigate the tourist spots on a very limited time. I availed again the Hyur service request tour but this time I customized it by joining two tours for a whole day.

I incorporated the Echmiadzin (Hripsime, Gayane, Mother Cathedral) - Zvartnots tour with 4-5 hours duration and Khor Virap tour with 3-4 hours for only 25,000amd ($62.5). I begun at their standard time at 1000H and I estimated to finish the trip by 1700H. Of course same as before, this tour includes admission fees, private sedan car (with free mineral bottle in compartment) and a driver with no tour guide.

Not far from the Echmiadzin Cathedral against the background of white peaks of Ararat one can see the silhouette of the cupola of St. Gayane church. The church was built in the 7th century and belongs to the domed-basilica style. According to the legend this church was constructed over the tomb of Virgin Gayane, who was martyred for preaching Christianity.
http://www.hyurservice.com/eng/sights/gayane_eng.html

St. Gayane Monastery

St. Gayane Monastery

St. Gayane Monastery

St. Gayane Monastery

St. Hripsime church is the one of the famous ecclesiastical buildings in the city of Echmiadzin. This is the developed and perfect example of cross-cupola churches in Armenia. The church is notable with its architectural simplicity and loftiness. The tomb of the Christian martyr Virgin Hripsime is in the sacristy of the church.
http://www.hyurservice.com/eng/sights/hripsime_eng.html

St. Hripsime Monastery

St. Hripsime Monastery

St. Hripsime Monastery

St. Hripsime Monastery

The center of Armenian Apostolic church- St. Echmiadzin is located 20 km far from Yerevan. The Cathedral of Echmiadzin was founded at the beginning of the forth century and is one of the oldest churches in the world. According to the legend the church was built in the place where apparition of Jesus Christ was seen to Grigory the Illuminator in the dream. The interior of the church is covered with frescoes created by Hovnatanyan family. The residence of the Catholicos and the Theological Academy are situated near the Cathedral.
http://www.hyurservice.com/eng/sights/echmiadzin_eng.html

Echmiadzin Cathedral

Echmiadzin Cathedral

Echmiadzin Cathedral


ruins of Zvartnots cathedral


1 comment:

  1. I so envy this Armenian expedition. The place is so classic. very nostalgic. It puts me back to the memorable movies I watched. Galing! :D

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much of thanks for visiting the viewing deck ^_^

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