Cathedral(included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000) is the oldest ancient Christian temple of Armenia and one of the oldest in the world. The cathedral was built 301 by Grigor Lusavorich (Gregory the Illuminator. It was built as a basilica in 301 but later(V c.) was rebuilt into a cross-shaped church.
In the yard tourists are attracted by khachkars (cross-stones) – one dated from 1279 belongs to “Amenaprkich” (Holy Saviour) type, another is from Jugha (XVII century) covered with a complex ornamentation. The cathedral museum was built in 1869 and has exciting collection relating to Armenian church.