Armenia - one of the oldest and most religious countries for the organization of religious tourism, pilgrimage tours and visits to holy places. The most famous natural symbol of Armenia is Mount Ararat, the legendary Noah's Ark berth. Pilgrimage to Armenia - a journey into the history of one of the oldest Christian churches - the apostolic church. In 301 Armenia was the first in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion. One of the most popular saints of seats in Armenia's Etchmiadzin is considered. This pilgrimage the faithful all over the world. According to legend, y St. Gregory had a vision of Christ, indicating a golden hammer to the place where there should be erected the first church in Armenia. The temple was built and became the cathedral is named Echmiadzin, which means "Came down the only begotten," ie, Jesus Christ. The museum of Echmiadzin are the sacred relics are preserved as a particle of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified, a particle of Noah's Ark, Gegard - the biblical lance which, according to tradition, the apostle Fadey has brought in Armenia in the I c..
At the initiative of Gregory were built in Armenia and other Christian churches, basilicas and chapels that were built on the foundations of pagan temples.
Pilgrimage tourism is very developed in Armenia because the Armenian Apostolic church is really unique because it does not belong to one of the branches of other Christian churches. From the middle of V in. The Armenian Apostolic Church has decided to secede from the Eastern and Western churches after the failure of its decisions IV (Chalcedon) Ecumenical Council 451
Khor Virap is one of the shrines of the Armenian Apostolic Church is a place of pilgrimage for Christians and all believers in the world. The monastery is also known that the proximity to Mount Ararat and therefore see the legendary peaks in the vicinity only of this ancient monastery.
In addition to these well-known spiritual centers and architectural monuments in Armenia are many other places where we suggest you take a different duration pilgrimage tours.
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Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to the hotel. Guided Tour to Yerevan. Republic Square, the Opera House, the Church of Gregory the Illuminator (the largest church in Armenia). A visit to one of the largest repositories of ancient manuscripts in the world Matenadaran. Lunch at the restaurant. The architectural complex Cascade. Return to the hotel.
Day 2 Drive to Echmiadzin the spiritual center of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians. UNESCO World Heritage Site). Hripsime and Gayane Churches. A visit to the ruins of Zvartnots - the greatest temples of early medieval Armenian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Yerevan and visit to the Brandy Factory Ararat on a tour and tasting.
Day 3 Drive to Khor Virap Monastery ('' deep dungeon ''), which offers one of the most beautiful views of the biblical Mount Ararat.