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The Monastery of Geghard, Geghard

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Listed as a World Heritage Site, The Monastery of Geghard allegedly shelters the spear--brought by apostle Judas Thaddaeus--which pierced Jesus during his crucifixion. Founded in the 4th century, the monastery complex was partially carved into a mountain, surrounded by towering cliffs and the Azat River gorge. Examine the elaborate structures with engraved khachkars--memorial stone stelas bearing a cross symbol. Enter the chapels, churches, and tombs located in the compound to observe the holy relics hidden amid rock-cut walls. Near the parking lot, vendors sell homemade sweet bread, dried fruit, treats, and souvenirs. Our Geghard holiday planner makes visiting The Monastery of Geghard and other Geghard attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Definitely worth a go! Will not take a lot of time, although the road is not very good, but the place itself is worth it. Of course a strong contrast with Yerevan and for temperature and air quality. And clearly namolennoe place. Sorry we didn't have a guide to tell about the monastery, but the architecture and atmosphere fascinate. And stock up on cash-near the monastery sell very tasty fruits and bread.
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  • I booked my tour through Viator to Geghard Monastery and Garni Temple and requested an English speaking tour guide. I made contact with Samuel on my arrival to Yerevan, Samuel and our driver were exce...  more »
  • First, a very picturesque road to the monastery in Armenian Highlands. And then this ancient monument of architecture. How they managed to cut all this beauty in stone!
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  • Definitely is a must! One of the most impressive things I've seen. Beautiful monastery, stunning nature around.
  • This is a fantastic place. The church has got another name. It is "Ayrivank", which literally means "cave church". And the name "Geghard" means an instrument which was used by the Roman soldier to stab Jesus to check if he was dead already. This is one of the most important places to visit if you are travelling in Armenia. Love it!
  • Impressive place not far from Yerevan. Beautiful monastery built in crag surrounded by breathtaking nature landscapes.
  • Nice monastry with beautifull gorge but a bit far from yerevan at the end of the road. Intersting how the monks lived those days and impressing church in rock
  • Climb the room of the Monastery and feel the real echo of your speech. It's a little cold up there but old writings, stones and monastery itself are amazing. Also try "gata" from Geghard, it's a special biscuit, cake made by villagers and it's as sweet as heaven.