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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 trip here from Yerevan was amazing. Rolling hills, views of Mt. Ararat. Lots of fruit trees. Then into the gorge with caves dotting the cliffs until you see the monastery. Try the stuffed bread of...  more »
  • Geghard Monastery was derived from the Armenian word which means "Spear". It is believed that it was the same spear used by the Roman Soldier to pierce Jesus. Would you believe that this monastery was...  more »
  • The Monastery of Geghard is breathtaking, both in its architecture and in the surrounding landscape. There weren't so many activities to do there, but you can, and should, spend an hour or two there j...  more »
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  • One of the most powerful monasteries in Armenia. Must-see place in Armenia. It is always open so you can enjoy the place
  • A very pretty monastery. One of the intresting parts is just how old it is. It is a unique thought that many of the monks lived in caves surrounding the monastery.
  • A beautiful place! Breathtaking! I recommend you visit when traveling to Armenia.
  • This is amazing place. I'm in love😍
  • Magnificent place to go, impressed of architecture !!!