St. Gayane Temple, Echmiadzin
Ancient St. Gayane Temple occupies an important place in the list of sights of Armavir. The Temple was built a little later than St. Ripsime's. The temple was erected in 630 on the site of the 4 th - century chapel and to this day is one of the best monuments of Armenian architecture. This is a harmonious laconic and strict building. Its only decor consists of floral ornament on the door and window frames. The interior of the temple is divided into three parts by two rows of columns. The columns support the octahedral drum decorating the temple arch. The hallows of St. Gayane rest in the southern wall of the temple next to the altar niche. The 17 th - century wall frescos depicting the Nativity have survived above the western entrance.
In 1652 the temple was capitally renovated and in 1683 they added the gallery for Armenian Church ministers' burial. From the sides the gallery is decorated with graceful belfries.
There is a special room in St. Gayane Temple for sacrificial animals slaughter. The ceremony of sacrifice has been practiced by Armenian Church since the time of St. Gregory the Illuminator and is called matakh. It is observed for various occasions: weddings, births and so forth.