Echmiadzin is the site of one of the oldest churches of Christianity. The city was the capital of the country for almost two centuries. Today, Echmiadzin remains the spiritual capital of Armenia, as it is the home of the Supreme Catholicos, the spiritual leader of the Armenian Church.
The main sights are the Church of Hripsime and the Church St. Gayanch, and last but not least the Cathedral which has a beautiful interior and contains an amazing array of apocryphal religious artifacts.
Echmiadzin is just 30 kilometers from
Yerevan and can be seen on a daytrip, combined with
Zvartnots cathedral. There are many minibuses. A taxi shouldn't cost more than two dollars.