Cross 1750

The Holy See of Echmiadzin
Treasury – Museum

silver - 925o, semiprecious stones - 12 pcs., weight ~ 11 g., colored enamel

Echmiadzin is one of the more important cultural and religious centers and is the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians. The Cathedral of Surb Echmiadzin is the oldest Christian church in Armenia and was founded in the 4th century. According to legend, the place where the cathedral would be constructed was pointed out to Gregory the Enlightener by Christ himself.

The Echmiadzin Collection is presently housed in four museums which are situated on the territory of the Holy See. Donated items came from the ends of the Earth, wherever there is a settlement of the Armenian diaspora and churches. Treasures were brought here that were salvaged from churches of Mush, Varagavan and Lim following their destruction during enemy attacks and Genocide against Armenians.