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St. Hripsimeh Cathedral
St. Hripsimeh Cathedral(618) the first wonder of Armenian architecture, towers at the east end of the town. It stands on a slight elevation, at the eastern edge of Vagharshapat City. Its expressive silhouette, seen from afar, stands up sharply against the background of an emerald-green valley dominated by the snow-capped Mt. Ararat.

In VII c., Sebeos called it a precious grain of wheat and pearl. It was built by Catholicos Komita I Aghtsetsi (615-628). He was an expert in architecture, a renowned songwriter and a poet.

The name of the cathedral is associated with the martyr Virgin Hripsimeh.

Hripsimeh is a classical example of a centre-domed cruciform church. It strikes with its simplicity, fascinating austerity and monumental beauty.

This church together with other nearby sites is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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