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Zvartnots (meaning celestial angels) is a town located in the Armenian province of Armavir, about 10 km west from Yerevan, approximately half way to Echmiadzin. The cathedral before you, referred to as both Zvartnots and St. Grogor Lusavorich by medieval historians, was built on the spot where it is said Grigor Lusavorich met T’rdat, initiating the king’s conversion and leading to Armenia adopting Christianity as the state religion. The site has been the focus of worship from pre-Christian times. Zvartnots, a complex of structures erected in the middle of the 7th century near Echmiadzin, is of extreme architectural value. The complex consisted of St. George temple or Zvartnots ('vigil forces', 'celestial angels') and the palace of Katholikos Nerses Ill, known as 'Builder'. The cathedral did not have a long life, in fact, in 930 a terrible earthquake turned it into a heap of ruins and remained buried until its rediscovery in the early twentieth century. Excavations at the site were completed between 1900 and 1907, which brought to light the foundations of the cathedral, the remains of the katholikos palace and a winery.  
Zvartnots, a complex of structures erected in the middle of the 7th century near Echmiadzin, is of extreme architectural value.
The cathedral is believed to have been built ca. 643-652, during a time of turmoil.

The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. There survived only the lower parts of the walls and individual fragments, and scientists reconstructions of the temples original look vary.  Zvartnots is a monument which embodies the centuries old traditions of Armenian architects. In its artistic image and daring spatial arrangement, formed by an intricate combination of arches and buttresses, Zvartnots is an outstanding monument of world architecture, an evidence of the high level of the development of the artistic and engineering thought in the 7th-century Armenia. Its architectural idea later became widely spread and developed in new shapes and new artistic compositions.
The cathedral later became known as St. Grigor for the relics of the saint that were housed here.

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