Zvartnots Cathedral


Foundation: 7th century

Location: Armavir Province

Distance from Yerevan:  20km / 25mins

Zvartnots Cathedral is believed to have been built in 643-652 by Catholicos Nerses the Builder. Zvartnots used to be completely unique, circular on the outside central-dome type three-floor building with outstanding decoration, of which only the ruins remain.

It is supposed to be built on the spot where Grigor Lusavorich met King Trdat, initiating the king’s conversion to Christianity.

The cathedral is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The complex:

  • Zvartnots Cathedral/ Central Hall/ Altar
  • A water well
  • Palace Throne Room
  • Palace Hall of Columns
  • Service rooms, private rooms
  • Winery, storage jars
  • Pagan Stones
  • Rusa II Cuneiform Stone
  • Sundial
  • Roman Bath
  • 5th  century Basilica


Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead & be prepared
  • Dispose the waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect the wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Roads conditions

It is winter time! Check out road conditions before heading to the road! Beware of the snow & ice layer!

Vanadzor - Alaverdi section of the M6 Interstate highway stretching from Yerevan to Georgian border is temporarily closed. You can use Vanadzor-Stepanavan-Odzun-Alaverdi bypassing road.

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