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People walk next to the gate and outdoor altar built for Pope John Paul II visit at Etchmiadzin Cathedral in 2001 to celebrate 1700 years of Christianity in Armenia. Echmiadzin, the fourth-largest city in Armenia,is the spiritual centre of the Armenians, as it is the seat of the Catholicos of All Armenians, the head of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church. Pope John Paul II visited Echmiadzin in 2001 to celebrate 1700 years of Christianity in Armenia.