The Monastery of Geghard, Geghard

Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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. PutThe 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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  • We really enjoyed this visit. It is a good 1/2 day trip from Yerevan and can be combined with Garni temple. I love the music chamber. The are some beautiful views of the mountain sides. It our kids...  more »
  • If I had to choose only one monastery in Armenia, this one would be definitely my choice. After being inside you will see that the bricked, external structure makes up only a small part of the entire....  more »
  • Never knew I would have a favorite Armenian monastery, but this is it. Its beautiful and secluded. We LOVED the mountains and the rock formations around the monasteries. It has a very Roman feel to...  more »
  • Getting here with public (Maršrutka) transport can be quite a struggle,however this is one of the most magic places on earth: I wish you found some ladies singing hymns in the upper church since you will hear their voices in the lower chapels too! What a timeless peaceful highlight in Armenia!!
  • I was a tourist and all the spots were really very nice. Very nice and friendly peoples. Highly recommend travel destination. Specifically this location.
  • This is the place where I experienced snow for the first time! Nice place. There were people singing
  • Visit this place! Even in december it is wonderful. Expect to pay some few hundred Drams for parking. Some of the caves were closed, but the main church is accessible, as is the yard. Driving there can be intense, because of misty weather.
  • After a short climb, you will see a church that was built a thousand years ago along with a small river bank with a great view of the mountains. Rich history and great architecture.

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