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St. Shoghakat Church
St Shoghakat Church (1694) is situated to the west of St. Hripsimeh and belongs to the 'domed gallery' type. It was built by Catholicos Nahaapet I Yedesatsi at the site of a IV c. chapel.

According to the legend, the wine press where Hripsimeh and the rest of virgins found refuge was here. This is also the wine press, where the Illuminator saw his famous vision of the rays of the Lord 'pouring' from the heaven and the Only Begotten Son descending. One of the luminous anchors was originally called the Chapel of the Secluded or Sick Virgin. It was here that sick Marineh died unable to catch up with her friends. The virgin's tomb is in the southern altar. Latar the church dedicated to Marineh's martyrdom was called St Shoghakat, which means 'a ray of light dropped' from the heaven.



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