It is your first time in Yerevan and you want to explore the diversity of sacred architecture around the streets of the capital city of Armenia. I have put together some options to check out in one-day.
Let’s start from the Armenian churches, which you can find in almost every district of Yerevan:
Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich Church
Photo by Anna Khachatryan
Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich (Saint John the Baptist) is a medieval church that sits in Kond, an old area of Yerevan.
Tip: Take a taxi or marshrutka (a fixed-route minibus) to Proshyan Street and ask the driver to stop by the church!
No words can describe the magic one experiences when inside this church…
…and the interior is much representative of an apostolic Armenian church.
Tip: Make sure to check out the replicas of Djulfa khachkars (Djugha cross stones) in the backyard of the church.
After lunch in the downtown, you can visit Surb Anna and Katoghike Armenian Apostolic Churches on the intersection of Abovyan Street and Sayat-Nova Avenue.
Surb Anna Church and Katoghike Chapel
These churches are adjacent to each other letting one feel the old and the new spirituality and tendencies of Armenian religious architecture.
The Holy Mother of God Katoghike Church is a medieval chapel that dates back to the 13th century. Surb Anna Church was opened in 2014. By the way, the building next to the newly opened church is designated to serve as Yerevan Residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians.
The Blue Mosque is a 18th century Shia mosque situated on Mashtots Avenue. One can walk around the area and discover details very typical to Islamic architecture.
And, the last one – a Russian Orthodox Church situated in Kanaker District of Yerevan.
Church of Intercession of the Holy Mother of God
Tip: It is better to take a taxi from downtown, which might cost at about 1500AMD (at about 4EUR).
Hope you are healthy enough to keep walking and exploring!
Safe travels wherever you are!