The Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral also known as the Yerevan Cathedral is the largest cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The cathedral was constructed by the initiative of Catholicos Vazgen I. Its construction started on April 7, 1997 with a ground blessing service conducted by Catholicos Karekin I.The church complex was designed by the architect Stepan Kurkchyan and the construction was completed in 2001. The consecration of the cathedral took place on September 23, 2001, on occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as the state religion of Armenia. The cathedral houses the relics of Saint Gregory the Illuminator and the Holy Remains of St. Gregory that were brought from Naples, Italy. Shortly after the consecration of the cathedral, Pope John Paul II paid a visit to the cathedral.

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