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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  • The spear used on jesus when he was crucified was placed in this church and its name comes from it , its no longer here now but its pretty special especially with the surrounding nature !  more »
  • This is my favourite monastery so far for its historical significance for us Christians as well as for its amazing architecture! This is a monastery that should NOT be missed when visiting Armenia. It...  more »
  • Very beautiful ancient Church complex. Be sure to visit, produces a bright impression. The most magical place Armenia, centuries-old history, holy water and more, architecture is fascinating, by the way the insanely delicious Gata-)!
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  • I have visited many monasteries recently and this is one of my favorite places. Beautiful architectural style situated in the mountains creates a great setting. The inner rooms are not to be missed with wonderful relief carvings and interesting niches. Well worth a drive to see.
  • One of the best places to visit in Armenia!!! Place with a deep history and it is very spiritual !!!! Highly recommended to visit!!!
  • Rock hewn church in valley, very interesting but too much tourist there ...
  • Heavenly place amongst the mountains!
  • This is a monastery almost carved out the side of the mountain. I got here by taxi along with Garnish temple and another monastery for 25000 total. By bus you go to garnish temple and either hitch or get a taxi. It's not too big so you can see everything in 30-45 minutes. It's pretty dark on inside so best views from outside.

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As visitors usually take day trips to the village and monastery, they often opt to stay in one of the numerous hotels and guesthouses in Yerevan, since the capital is not far away. Besides a couple of options situated on the road connecting the village with Yerevan, most of the accommodations in the area lie in the capital, concentrated chiefly in the city center. Lodgings vary widely in style and price, ranging from budget-friendly hostels and mid-range hotels, to luxury establishments housed in historic town buildings.
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