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. PutThe 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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Group Tour: Garni Temple, Geghard, and Lavash Baking from Yerevan BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $17
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Day Trip to Garni,Gegard and Lake Sevan BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $59
Duration: 7 hours
The Monastery of Geghard Reviews
It is a must visit monastery complex with perfect views and solemn location. I especially love that there is a river flowing nearby with a cute bridge in it. You can also enter inside the monastery.... more »
Combine this monastery with the Roman ruins at Garni and the Khor Virap monastery (near Mt Ararat, so interesting for that and also in its own right.) Lots of steps, but not as many as at some other.... more »
Getting here with public (Maršrutka) transport can be quite a struggle,however this is one of the most magic places on earth: I wish you found some ladies singing hymns in the upper church since you will hear their voices in the lower chapels too! What a timeless peaceful highlight in Armenia!!
I was a tourist and all the spots were really very nice. Very nice and friendly peoples. Highly recommend travel destination. Specifically this location.
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