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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  • August 17, 2017
    Visited Geghard Monastery on the day of Armenia's national festival The Blessing of the Grapes. Attended the service, partook of the blessed spring waters, and was amazed by the views. Wish we had lon...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    We achieved on our journey from Sevan in Yerevan, an obligatory stop in Armenia, one of the most beautiful Monasteries in the country. The structure is parazialmente set in the rock and from 2000 is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was founded in the 4th century a.d. by Saint Gregory the Illuminator, who remained in the prisons of Tiridates III for 12 years. At first the monastery, founded in the place where a spring of water gushed from a cave named Ayrivank, meaning "Monastery of the cave". Later the monastery was the place where he kept the Spear of destiny (the spear that is believed to be the one that pierced the side of Jesus) and hence was named Geghard meaning "Monastery of the spear". Today the Spear is no longer housed in the monastery but located in the Cathedral of Etchmiadzin in Yerevan. The entrance to the monastery is free and I promise that you will make some great shots. In the parking lot there is a Lordship which sells a local bread, I won't miss! Ilpezzo great costa 2000 Dram, Dram 1000 small one, don't pay more than that figure. If this opinion there has been useful please press It at the bottom of the text, thanks. Diego
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  • August 12, 2017
    If one has the chance to see only one church or monastery in Armenia, then Geghard is probably the best choice. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site it is easily combined with a visit to the Garni Templ...  more »
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  • July 13, 2017
    This was my favorite monastery in all of Armenia. Geghard is cut out of the mountain and I felt like Indiana Jones wandering through the passageways and hidden corridors. Well deserving of the UNESCO World Heritage Site title.
  • May 24, 2017
    One of the most powerful monasteries in Armenia. Must-see place in Armenia. It is always open so you can enjoy the place
  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • June 4, 2017
    A beautiful place! Breathtaking! I recommend you visit when traveling to Armenia.
  • May 12, 2017
    This is amazing place. I'm in love😍

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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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