Price of Rejecting a King and the Vatican of Armenia
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Today was another tour with Envoy Tours from our hostel. We had a group of six on the trip, not including the guide Gevorg and the driver. Joining us were Steven (US taking a few months off to travel Europe), Nates (
We began our day at St. Hripsime. This is a wedding church and holds the remains of Hripsime who was stoned to death for refusing to marry the king. Because there are wedding held there they grow flowers and grapes (to make wine) to sell to the wedding parties.
Back in the mini-bus we headed on to St Gayane. This is an actively used church in the
Our next stop was the complex of St. Echmiadzin, the
The ceremony itself was very full of pomp and circumstance. The bishop has on a very elaborate set of robes and headdress. He came down and brought a tapestry with a religious scene on it. I was on a pole and was moved through the crowd behind the bishop. Everyone was standing near to be able to touch it as it went by. The music was beautiful and the choir of women was gorgeous to hear as the acoustics were wonderful. People wondered in and out as they felt the need and came in late. At one point the bishop and other priests went to high alter and a curtain was pulled. Some things went on back there and eventually they came out and left the curtain closed.
In the courtyard there was a monument to the genocide victims. Next to it was a monument called the Armenian paper spoon. It has a fountain flowing water into a basin the has a hole in one side. This was erected in remembrance of