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A gardener walking past the Mayr Tajar Surb Church at Ejmiatsin (also spelled Echmiadzin and various other ways) in Armenia. This is one of the oldest churches in the world, built in the 4th century (with later additions), and according to Wikipedia the oldest church commissioned by a state.

Mayr Tajar Surb could be compared to Saint Peter's Church of Rome. It is the central cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic church and is surrounded by a large compound housing a number of buildings, including the residence of the Armenian Patriarch, a theological seminary, museums etc. It is often known as the Vatican of the Armenian church.

Ejmiatsin, with a population of roughly 50 000, is the fourth largest city of Armenia and is located a short distance west of the capital Yerevan.

I will post two other pictures from the compund as workshops.

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