This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ejmiatsin. To help you make friends with Ejmiatsin before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Ejmiatsin is a city in Armenia. It is the fourth largest in the country. Today it is known officially as Vagharshapat, although Ejmiatsin is still commonly used around the world. It is known as one of the many historic capitals of the country and is also known for its religious structures. Staying at a hostel here, you will usually wake up to the sound of church bells in this “holy city.”
While visiting here, get a taste of history by setting out from your hostel to one of the ancient castles and hills around the town, many of which are remnants of the Neolithic period. Inscriptions of ancient kings from the 7th century B.C. can be witnessed today. Exploring this city is all about the churches, though. The Ejmiatsin Cathedral is the most famous of these.
Also called the Mother Cathedral of Holy Ejmiatsin, this is one of the oldest religious structures in the world. It has gone through many expansions in the past and throughout the centuries. This cathedral is known for its architectural marvels, dating back to the 4th century. From here, go back to your hostel for a hearty lunch before heading out to the Church of Saint Hripsime, which is another old church from the 7th century. The architecture here is from the classical era.
Of course, there are many other churches in the city that you should take a look at as well. Aside from these, the cultural capital of Armenia also happens to be Ejmiatsin. Check out the Komitas Palace of Culture and the National Gallery for a look into the history and life of the people of Armenia. The Ethnographic Museum, Mher Abeghian Museum, and many other museums can also be found in the city, some of them within the cathedral complex. Check out the Ejmiatsin Cathedral Museum from the 19th century and the Catholicosal Museum from the 18th.
Written by local enthusiast for Ejmiatsin hostelsJakob Lombardi