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Saint Hripsime Church

Monasteries, Cathedral & Churches
Vagharshapat, Armavir Province
Armenia / Etchmiadzin
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Saint Hripsime Church (Armenian: Սուրբ Հռիփսիմե եկեղեցի, Surb Hřip’simē yekeghetsi; sometimes Hripsimeh) 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 church was erected by Catholicos Komitas to replace the original mausoleum built by Catholicos Sahak the Great in 395 AD that contained the remains of the martyred Saint Hripsime to whom the church is dedicated. 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.

Saint Hripsime Church
S. Hripsime exterior.JPGView of the church, 2009
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Location Vagharshapat, Armavir Province, Armenia
Geographic coordinates 40.166992°N 44.309675°ECoordinates: 40.166992°N 44.309675°E
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Rite Armenian
Status Active
Architectural description
Architectural type Tetraconch[1]
Architectural style Armenian
Founder Komitas Aghtsetsi
Completed 618 (current building)[1][2][3]
Length 22.8 metres (75 ft)[4]
Width 17.7 metres (58 ft)[4]
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name: Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii
Designated 2000 (24th session)
Reference no. 1011

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