Cathedral of St. Echmiadzin
Echmiadzin Cathedral is an important place for the Armenians all over the world. Construction of the temple began in the 4th century, on the site of a pagan temple of fire, but over the centuries has repeatedly been subjected to significant rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Throughout its history the Holy Echmiadzin was not only a religious center of Armenia, but also the place where they kept the miraculous relics of the Armenian Church - the spear, the relics of St. Grigor the Illuminator, the relics of St. Thaddeus, St. Jude finger, a drop of blood of St. Hripsime and etc., rich gifts received by the entire Armenian world.
Where is the cathedral, it was not chosen by chance. They say that Grigor the Illuminator had a vision that Jesus came down from heaven, and pointed to a place where the Echmiadzin Cathedral is currently located. Thus, the name "Echmiadzin" means "the coming of the only-begotten."
The cathedral has a museum that holds many cultural treasures, unique works of art, candles, curtains, old rugs, religious artifacts, as well as illuminated artifacts.
Echmiadzin Cathedral, along with other churches in the city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.