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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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  • The road to the monastery so picturesque that it is difficult to restrain ourselves not to ask stop the car every five minutes. In the winter, in the absence of greenery, the monastery almost merges with the surrounding mountains. On a small platform, you can leave the car, and then you will need to climb along the old stone stairs to the gate. The monastery yard quite small, just a couple of dozen steps. In summer, you can climb the stairs to another hachkaram (they are visible on the left), and in our arrival the stairs were closed, apparently due to snow and ice. The main temple of the monastery-katoghike (1215). The Church is built in the traditional style of Armenian churches and fits perfectly into the mountainous landscape. The Interior of the Church is rather modest, stone walls, even in the heat, keep cool inside and the Frost was quite cold. If you go through a gate behind the Church, then you get to the steep bank of the mountain river, through which a thrown stone bridge. In summer, you can climb the cliff behind the monastery, from where a magnificent view opens.
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  • This is the place where they said they kept the spear that pierced Jesus. Legend says that "The one who holds the spear will rule the world". Our guide said that even Hitler asked his men to check the...  more »
  • If you are near the region and Geghard you have to visit this monastery for the part built in the rock. It is rather impressive and reminiscent in some way to the construction of churches in Lalibela also on pure rock. I liked the concert which is interpreted inside of the Church by the sound of the place. By certain abrigate because within churches is cold
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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.