Echmiadzin Cathedral

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.

Get in

The marshrutkas to Echmiadzin (line 203) start at the central bus station of Yerevan every half an hour. The price are 250 dram (March 2015), no matter if you leave the bus a bit earlier at the Zvartnots ruins. The buses end at the corner Movses Khorenatsi street/ Baghramyan street.

Get around

Much of the town that tourists visit is accessible by foot. Taxis are also quite cheap, and a couple of Marshutni lines run through the town.


St. Hripsime Cathedral
Shoghakat Church
Zvartnots Cathedral

The following 5 monuments are listed as World Heritage Sights by UNESCO.


Map of Echmiadzin showing landmarks


The Echmiadzin compound and also the Hripsime cathedral area has a bookstore/souvenir store inside, with a collection of religious gifts, icons, books, dvds, crosses, jewelry, art, crafts, shirts, and other things. Worth popping in for a look.


Echmiadzin is famous for its kufte. If you've never had "Echmiadzin Kufte" before, they basically take a hunk of beef, then they grind, beat and whirl it into the finest paste, roll it into a big ball, and boil it. Sound appetizing? Well then they throw a hunk of butter on it to melt, and give it some flavor. Worth trying, while you're in town. Go to the town "shuka" (market) and ask for it, there's a few places that specialize in it around.


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