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Armenia. Ararat Province. Byuravan. Armenian Apostolic Church. Nina Stepanyan takes care in the morning of  Saint Gregory the Illuminator church.The painting shows Saint Gregory the Illuminator, whose name was Grigor Lusavorich (c. 257 – c. 331). He  is considered the patron saint and first official head of the Armenian Apostolic Church. He was a religious leader who is credited with converting Armenia from paganism to Christianity in 301. Armenia thus became the first nation to adopt Christianity as its official religion. The Armenian Apostolic Church is the national church of the Armenian people. Part of Oriental Orthodoxy, it is one of the most ancient Christian communities. Byuravan is a village located in the Ararat Province. 1.10.2019 © 2019 Didier Ruef