The Monastery of Geghard, Geghard

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 whats close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • 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 »
  • This Monastery, carved out of the mountain, has unbelievable cross stones which date back centuries. The whole site is well-preserved with the church, inside a cave, is very unique and certainly...  more »
  • After a short climb, you will see a church that was built a thousand years ago along with a small river bank with a great view of the mountains. Rich history and great architecture.
  • Beautiful historical temple. It is like time travel, gives of an atmosphere that you haven't experienced before. Even if you have an other religion or are an atheist it is a great place to visit.
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