Holy Mother of God Church

Church of the Holy Mother of God is a church located in the town of Vagharshapat, Armenia. It was built in 1767, during the reign of Catholicos Simeon I of Yerevan, on the remains of a 16th-century wooden church. It is located at the center of modern-day Vagharshapat, around 200 meters north of the walls of the Mother See of Holy Ejmiatsin. The church belongs to the type of single-nave basilicas with no dome. Many khachkars (cross-stones) composed during the 18th century, were placed in the external walls of the church. During the Soviet period, the church remained active, and in 1986, with the efforts of Catholicos Vazgen I, a major reconstruction was carried out when a bell tower was built at the entrance. By the decision of the Armavir Diocese, the church served as the residence of the diocese from 1996 until 2014, then moved to the newly built St. Grigor Narekatsi Church in Armavir.


There is a rather steep step at the entrance to the church.. It is recommended to plan the visit to the museum together with an accompanying person.