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 current official name of the city is Vagharshapat. Etchmiadzin was its official name between 1945 and 1995 yet it is still commonly used.

Yerevan to Etchmiadzin by public transport

Bus no. 203 runs frequently between Central Bus Station (Kilikia) in Yerevan and Etchmiadzin. The journey takes about half an hour and costs 250 AMD (50 euro cents). Between 10am and 5pm some buses go to the city centre of Yerevan calling at Pak Shuka and France Square. Entrance to the compound of Etchmiadzin Cathedral is located just few meters from the last stop in Etchmiadzin. Pay to a driver before you leave the bus. Please, have small change ready in order to make cash handling easier.