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The Monastery of Geghard, Geghard
Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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sans doute l un des plus beau et original d armenie ,il faut juste trouver un moment sans trop de touristesprobably l one of the most beautiful and original d Armenia, it's just finding a moment without too many touristsshow original
Its beautiful monastery in the front is man made stones but when you go inside you will see a lot of chambers including the one on second floor as it was dug from the mountain. On the ground floor in ... read more »
This was one of many churches and monasteries we visited during our seven day stay in Armenia. It is quite possibly the most memorable. Partly carved out of or rather into the surrounding rock (a form... read more »
Armenia is the first Christian country in the world, founded in 301AD. One you cannot missed about the early Christianity history is a visit to the world heritage Geghard Monastery. Founded in the 4C, the monks were meditated inside the caves and a rock carved church was then built from part of the cave in the 13C. The beam of light penetrated from the small hole on the dome was amazing , which filled the interior an air of speechless solemnity.
Partly embedded into the adjoining hill slope, this monastery made a very harmonic view with the surrounding landscape. The monastic cells and ancient khatchkars (carved stone crosses) are the other points of interest. (Sep 2012)
One of the main attractions to check out while in Artsakh/ Arcax.
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