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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  • This is my favourite monastery. Part is made inside a mountain, and the other part is a common Church. For me it is beautiful and there is an atmosphere of peace, although there may be many people. Are you searching the corners, climbed the stairs, cross the bridge, although there is nothing on the other side... It is a must.
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  • This 12th to 13th century monastery is carved into the side of a mountain and is one of the most fascinating and beautiful monuments in Armenia. The church, built beside the river at the foot of the r...  more »
  • A beautiful place. Armenian architecture is something. Fabulous women sing. Scenic views. General Armenia a very beautiful country.
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  • 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.
  • 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😍

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Where to stay in Geghard

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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