The 4th century marked an important historical event in the life of the Armenian people. In 301, under King Trdat III, Christianity was proclaimed state religion. Armenia became the first country to have officially adopted Christianity. In 303, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the spiritual centre of Armenia, was founded in the capital Vagharshapat. After the loss of statehood and under the conditions of continuous threat of foreign conquests, the sole means of preserving spiritual and cultur [...]