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. Put The Monastery of Geghard into our Geghard attractions planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Worth visiting place. Architecture with history and beauty. This monastery is located on top of a hill, nice drive. Good to walk around and for photography. Lovely place.  more »
  • This is a wonderful historic church that is still active. Wonderful architecture and beautiful scenery all around. Absolutely perfect setting for a wonderful piece of history  more »
  • The Interior is lit by candles, it's very pretty. The acoustics are all simply grandiose (but be careful to not sing). Small parts are to be discovered on another. Well go around and think about opening my eyes Miss nothing.
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  • Nice old place. You can feel that ancient climate.... a lot of caves around in the mountains.... Special climate...
  • A great place to visit, but if you can go there when the Luys Ensemble is performing your mind will be blown. One of the most memorable experiences of my life.
  • Not too far from Yerevan. But there's no public transportation here. People come in tour groups. Or hired a taxi from Yerevan, like us. Wecombined the trip with Garni visit. The cave-like church is so extraordinary. We bought some nut-fruit snacks from the vendor outside the monastery complex and it was so yummy.
  • You should definitely visit this place. Absolutely incredible and Well worth a visit. We didn't have the need to depend on anyone else for anything at Armenia....just one message to our awesome Guide and he is always there... Thanks to OceanAir Travels...
  • The Arch of Charents was erected in 1957 and named in honour of Armenian poet Eghishe Charents, who wrote the best poem, dedicated to Armenia, full of true love and pride. They say, Charents loved this place and used to visit it frequently. The author of the construction is prominent architect Rafayel Israyelyan.
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