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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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  • Spears is now in a monastery, it is exhibited in the Museum of the Cathedral in Yerevan. But the significance of the monastery from the nothing to lose. Unusual architecture, and just respect for age walls of this temple just obliged to come here! We were told that the main building of the monastery was built in 1215 year! This fact will make you look around carefully. Yes it is and working monastery that rarity in Armenia. But what really surprised, so then what we saw as a ritual cock brought sacrifices! Stay on the show itself didn't want to, but the blending of paganism and Christianity. And of course here are sold the most delicious churchhella))) is not in the monastery, and near the parking lot. The most delicious and very cheap!))))
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  • We stayed in Yerevan for a few days and took a taxi to Gerhard Monastery on a dull and rainy day. Which possibly wasn't the best sort of day to go, but Hey - we wanted to see it and time was running o...  more »
  • Geghard monastery-Spears (which pierced the body of Christ and that brought one of the Apostles in Armenia)-it seems to me that I have not seen such a stunning, majestic unity of nature and human creations here! Approximately 40 km from Yerevan-within half an hour by car on a mountain road and offer you a stunner: the ancient temple against a backdrop of steep rocks, mountain river, dark green vegetation. Part of the temple-cave, i.e. the premises were carved directly into the rock, part-built of stone. On the rocks is inscribed the numerous khachkars. From time to time among the black walls of the temple (4) go as vicious. In the church you can drink from the source, put a candle ... In his first visit to Armenia, I wasn't in Geghard and believe that Armenia has not seen.
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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.