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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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  • 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 ...  more »
  • Perhaps the most famous Armenian monastery, not far from Yerevan, to watch over the main church, the chapel of the spear with which Saint Longinus, the Roman military, struck the side of Christ (now preserved in Echmiadzin), and the most beautiful of the country, in addition to the gavit carved Chapel of the fountain that flows naturally from one source. Around the monastery monks and hermits khachkar caves carved into the rock. Very busy place and tourist center, but with strong spirituality. Not to be missed on a trip to Armenia!
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  • To visit Geghard, we hired a taxi from Yerevan. There was no entrance fee to visit this beautiful complex. I found the water dripping out of the rocks inside one of the chapels intriguing. Many people...  more »
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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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