Armenia’s religious capital celebrates 2699th anniversary

Armenia’s religious capital celebrates 2699th anniversary –

Echmiadzin, which is traditionally known as Armenia’s religious capital, is celebrating its 2,699th anniversary on Wednesday.

On this remarkable occasion, the city’s House of Culture hosted a festive event that had brought together different residents of Echmiadzin, as well as high-ranking guests (including President Serzh Sargsyan, Echmiadzin Mayor Karen Grigoryan and Genral Manvel Grigoryan).

In his speech at the meeting, the prelate of the Armavir region’s diocese emphasized city’s role as the spiritual center of all Armenians. “The light of [Jesus] Christ spread across Armenia from here,” Priest Sion said, citing the remark of Catholicos Garegin I.

Speaking further, the Echmiadzin mayor said that it was a big honor for him to be present at the event which marks the most important holiday for the city’s population. “We are trying to do all our best to have at least one renovated building, street or yard on this holiday,” he said, extending his word of gratitude to the president for assistance in the city’s renovation and repairs.

Addressing the hall, the mayor further asked the participants to forget about everyday cares and enjoy the holiday.

Two residents of the city, Vachagan Mkrtchyan (doctor-cardiologist) and Nerses Melikyan (artist) were honored with the title of City’s Friends.

The mayor also had a special souvenir for the president. On the occasion of the town’s anniversary, he handed over St Gregory the Illuminator’s right hand and a copy of the Bible to Serzh Sargsyan. 

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