Cathedral of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, Yerevan, Armenia 

St Gregory the Illuminator church was built by the initiative of the All Armenian Catolicose Vazgen I and was dedicated to the 1700th anniversary of the Christianity adoption in Armenia. The Patriarch personally placed a memorial stone in the place of construction of the church. The blessing ceremony of the church was performed by All Armenian Catolicose Garegin A in 1997 on the day of the Virgin Mary Annunciation feast, on April 7.

The church was built by architect Stepan Qyurkchyan’s project. It is a church complex comprised of three churches: Mother See, St King Trdat and St Queen Ashkhen chapels. A bell tower with more than 300 columns and a dome were built in front of the church. The remains of St Gregory the Illuminator are kept in the dome. The remains were brought by Garegin the Second in 2000 from St Gregpry the Armenian church in Naples.

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