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      ST. HRIPSIME CHURCH

      St. Hripsime church is located at the entrance to the ancient Etchmiadzin city. It was built in honor of the martyr named Hripsime whose grave is directly under the altar of the church. According to legend, the girl being a Christian didn’t want to be the wife of the pagan Roman emperor Diocletian. Hripsime escaped to Armenia where Tsar Trdat III captivated by her beauty also wanted to marry her.The king received the refusal and subjected her to severe torment and death. A small chapel was subsequently built in place where Hripsime was put to death. It was demolished in the 7th century by the Catholicos Komitas who erected the church in the same place. St. Hripsime church in Etchmiadzin is considered a masterpiece of early Christian Armenian architecture.

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      How to get St. Hripsime church from Yerevan?

      The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to St. Hripsime church by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of St. Hripsime church the trip will not seem long.

      Weather in Etchmiadzin

      The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for St. Hripsime church depends on the weather conditions.

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