Etchmiadzin Cathedral

According to most scholars Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin is the oldest christian's cathedral in the world, built in the early 4th century, recorded in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral is part of Armenian Church's headquarters complex, surrounded by a garden, smaller churches, a gallery and Alex and Marie Manoogian Treasury House Museum. The Kingdom of Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion.

Etchmiadzin or Vagharshapat

Both names belong to the same city. The official name of the city is Vagharshapat. Etchmiadzin was its official name between 1945 and 1995 yet it is still commonly used.

Where to stay in Etchmiadzin

See Accomodation in Etchmiadzin.

Yerevan to Etchmiadzin by public transport

There are good public transport services between Yerevan and Etchmiadzin, bus no. 203 runs frequently and the journey takes about half an hour. In the morning and in the evening the buses depart and terminate at central bus station Kilikia, use our journey planner to search for public transport services within Yerevan. During the day the buses go to the city centre of Yerevan with stops at Pak Shuka and France Square. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is located few meter from the last stop. There is also a bus stop in the town centre of Etchmiadzin. One way ticket costs 250 AMD. Pay to a driver before you leave the bus. Please, have small change ready in order to make cash handling easier.