Echmiadzin ~` spiritual centre
Armenia has a strong faith that has always been the main stronghold of the state, the symbol of equity and prosperity. Armenia was the first country in the world to announce Christianity as its state religion, in 301 CE. Since then, Echmiadzin has become the cultural, spiritual and civilization heart of the country. According to the old legend, the Saint Gregory the Illuminator, the first Christian of all Armenians, once had a prophetic vision in this place: Jesus Christ descended from heaven and with his golden hammer pointed to the place to erect the church. So, in 301 King Trdat III founded Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, meaning “the Descent of the Only-Begotten” in Armenian language; it is one of the oldest churches in the world. Later, in 1945 the city was also renamed after the church.