Religious Architecture in Yerevan

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 you can explore in one-day.

Let’s start from the Armenian churches, which you can find around the streets and backyards of Yerevan in almost every district of the city. I have picked up the following options:

Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich Church

Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich Church in Yerevan

Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich Church in Kond District of Yerevan

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…

Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich Church in Kond

Interior of Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich Church

Photo by Anna Khachatryan

…and the interior is much representative of an apostolic Armenian church.

Interior of Surb Hovhannes Apostolic Church in Yerevan

Interior of Surb Hovhannes Mkrtich Church

Photo by Anna Khachatryan

TIP: Look for the replicas of Djulfa khachkars (Djugha cross stones) in the backyard of the church.

cross stone Yerevan

Cross-stone in the backyard of Surb Mkrtich Church

Photo by Anna Khachatryan

After lunch in the downtown, you can look for Surb Anna and Katoghike Armenian Apostolic Churches on the intersection of Abovyan Street and Sayat-Nova Avenue.

Surb Anna and Katoghike Churches

Surb Anna Church and Katoghike Chapel

Surb Anna Church and Katoghike Chapel

Photo by Anna Khachatryan

These churches are adjacent to each other letting one feel the old and the new spirituality and tendencies of Armenian religious architecture.

Autumn view of Surb Anna and Katoghike Churches

Surb Anna and Katoghike Churches

Photo by Anna Khachatryan

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 the Yerevan residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians.

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque in Yerevan

Blue Mosque in Yerevan

Photo by Anna Khachatryan

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.

Door of Blue Mosque in Yerevan

Door of Blue Mosque in Yerevan

Photo by Anna Khachatryan

And, the last one to visit is a Russian Orthodox Church situated in Kanaker district of Yerevan.

Church of Intercession of the Holy Mother of God

Church of the Intercession of the Holy Mother of God

Church of the Intercession of the Holy Mother of God in Yerevan

Photo by Anna Khachatryan

TIP: It is better to take a taxi from downtown, which might cost at about 1500AMD (at about 4EUR).

Orthodox Cross

Orthodox Cross, Yerevan

Photo by Anna Khachatryan

Hope you are healthy enough to keep walking and exploring!

Safe travels wherever you are!

 

 

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