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20 Jun

The Pope Exploring the Beauty of Armenia

The wondrous beauty of Armenia country will win the hearts of many travelers and faithful catholic patriarchs this week as Armenia will be hosting Pope Francis an esteemed catholic leader in the world-.

As a recognized travel company, Forty travels  gives you a golden opportunity to visit the republic of Armenia this week as you might get a glimpse chance of shaking hands with the Vatican head and leader of all Catholic Churches globally.

In our previous Armenia blogs we have demonstrated to you that the Republic of Armenia is one among many Caucasus region countries that calls for your attention in the tourist attraction. As a matter of fact, Armenia prides in having many monumental churches and monuments dating back to the 4th century.

Apostolic Cathedral at Etchmiadzin

Pope Francis’s visit to Armenia will kick off from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th where he is scheduled to visit some of the leading monumental churches in Armenia. For instance, after landing at Yereven’s Zvaretnots Airport, the pope is expected to visit and pray at Apostolic Cathedral at Etchmiadzin (Greetings given by Catholicos of All Armenia, Karekin II and by Pope Francis)

Etchmiadzin Cathedral is the mother of the Armenian Apostolic Church, located in the city of Vagharsshapat (Etchmiadzin), Armenia. According to scholars it was the first cathedral (but not the first church) built in ancient Armenia, and is considered the oldest cathedral in the world.

As the main shrine of religious Christian Armenians worldwide, Etchmiadzin has been an important location in Armenia not only religiously, but also politically and culturally. A major pilgrimage site, it is one of the most visited places in the country. Along with several important early medieval churches located nearby, the cathedral was listed as a World heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.

Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex

In the second day of his visit, the pope will then visit the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex which is dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million Armenians who perished in the first genocide of the 20th century, at the hands of the Turkish government which has continually declined it as genocide and rather calling it a civil war.

Since its completion in 1967, this Genocide monument has since become a pilgrimage site and an integral part of Yerevan’s architecture. Set high on a hill, dominating the landscape, it is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. The austere outlines convey the spirit of the nation that survived a ruthless campaign of extermination.

As you approach the centre of the monument, you will first observe a 100-meter long basalt Memorial Wall with the names of cities engraved in stone. These are names of the victims who died during the massacre period. Ensure you also visit the nearby museum which was built in 1995 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Today, the Museum & Institute functions as a research center within the Armenian National Academy of Sciences.

Gyumri’s Vartanants square

Later on in the day, the pope will visit Gyumri’s Vartanants square where he will lead a Holy Mass. The history of Vartanants square is well known due its massive destruction by the 1988 Spitak earthquake. The independence square is mainly occupied by a large green park, centered with the statue of the Armenian Girl raising a cross, commemorating the victims of that earthquake.

Republic Square of YerevanLater in the evening there will be an Ecumenical Service and Peace Prayer in the Republic Square of Yerevan, offered by His Holiness Karekin II and Pope Francis. This republic square is the heart of Yerevan the capital of Armenia. The square is endowed by singing fountains and a magnificent mosaic rock carpet which cover over 3000 year old ruins underneath it.

Designed by Armenians architect Alexander Tamanyan, the sight of this square and its circling buildings is awesomely beautiful. The famous seven fountains which are known to be a popular spot meeting for dates for many years is also found in this Republic square. Ensure you are in this square building in the evening because it often turns into a stage of outdoor concerts which are often concluded by beautiful fireworks.

On Sunday the pope will have a Pontifical Divine Liturgy in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin at the St. Trdat Open Air Altar, offered by His Holiness Karekin II. The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin is the pre-eminent center of authority in the worldwide Armenian Apostolic Church and it’s located near the capital of Yerevan in the Republic of Armenia.

Contact us today and we will give you a three days vacation tour to Armenia where you will join thousands of travelers and faithful catholic pilgrims as they walk, talk and shake hands with the Pope Francis during his upcoming Armenian visit.

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