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Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots

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The cathedral and churches of Echmiatsin and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots (together comprising a UNESCO World Heritage Site) graphically illustrate the evolution and development of the ... Read more
Armenian central-domed cross-hall type of church, which exerted a profound influence on architectural and artistic development in the region.

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Just outside Yerevan, and just a few miles away from the border with Turkey, you can find the wonderful archaeological site of Zvartnots. This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 6th century AD, and although it now lies in ruins, this was once one of the most important places of worship for early Christians in the region. It's worth the short ride from Yerevan to marvel at this local piece of history.

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Zvartnots was built at a time when much of Armenia was under Byzantine control or influence and during the early invasions of Armenia by the Muslim Arabs. Construction of the cathedral began in 642 under the guidance of Catholicos Nerses III (nicknamed Shinogh or the Builder). Dedicated to St Gregory, it was located the place where a meeting between king Trdat III and Gregory the Illuminator was supposed to have taken place. According to the medieval Armenian historian Movses Kaghankatvatsi, the cathedral was consecrated in 653.[1] From 653 to 659, Nerses was in Tayk and the construction of the cathedral continued under Anastas Akarratsi. Following the Arab occupation of Dvin and the intensifying wars between the Byzantine and Arab armies on the former's eastern borders, Nerses transferred the patriarchal palace of the Catholicos from Dvin to Zvartnots.[2]

Zvartnots remained standing until the end of the 10th century but historical sources are silent as to the cause of its collapse.[1] A close copy of the cathedral was erected at Ani out by Trdat the Architect under the reign of Gagik I Bagratuni during the final decade of the 10th century. The contemporary Armenian historian Stepanos Taronetsi referred to Zvartnots when describing the church that Gagik I had inaugurated as "a large structure at Vałaršapat [Vagharshapat], dedicated to the same saint, that had fallen into ruins.

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