Hripsime church, one of the finest works of Armenian architecture of the classical period, a variant of the concentrically domed composition, stands on a slight elevation. This kind of composition is characteristic only of Armenia. Its expressive silhouette, seen from afar, stands up proudly on the way to the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin. Two inscriptions, one on the western façade and one on the east apse as well as an account from Armenian historian of the seventh century both date the church and the architect as having commissioned it to be built. The church with other nearby sites is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is located in the present day Vagharshapad, which later renamed Echmiadzin.