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St.Hripsime Church

Saint Hripsime Church (Armenian: Սուրբ Հռիփսիմե եկեղեցի, sometimes Hripsimeh)[5][6] is a seventh century Armenian Apostolic church in the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), Armenia. It is one of the oldest surviving churches in the country.

The temple is built on the site where in the year 301 the Holy Hripsime was killed and buried, the one that led to Armenia a group of girls and among them Saint Nina. The death of Hripsime marked the beginning of a sequence of events that eventually led to the baptism of Armenia. The first church on this site was built by Grigory the Illuminator himself. In 618, the one that we have at the moment was built. At the time it was one of the first cross churches in Transcaucasia and in Armenia in particular. It was built approximately 20 years after the construction of the Avan Cathedral and repeats its scheme of «tetrakhonha», but with differences — corner chambers are made square, not round.

The current structure was completed in 618 AD. It is known for its fine Armenian-style architecture of the classical period, which has influenced many other Armenian churches since. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other nearby churches, including Etchmiadzin Cathedral, Armenia’s mother church, in 2000.

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