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. 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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  • Beautiful architecture, stunning location and vivid history. Must-visit in Armenia. Do arrange a cab waiting for you to get back if you're making a trip from somewhere. It can get crowded and there's....  more
    Beautiful architecture, stunning location and vivid history. Must-visit in Armenia. Do arrange a cab waiting for you to get back if you're making a trip from somewhere. It can get crowded and there's....  more »
  • Gorgeous monastery it’s a must see. It was like something out of Game of Thrones. Gorgeous setting and a must see when in Armenia 
    Gorgeous monastery it’s a must see. It was like something out of Game of Thrones. Gorgeous setting and a must see when in Armenia  more »
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  • Beautiful monastery at a very nice location. The road towards the monastery is a bit bumpy, but worth the trouble. The monastery was under construction when I went, but it was still very scenic. At the parking lot you have to pay 200AMD and you can buy some souvenirs (+ walnut bread - everyone sells this here). Go early if you want to avoid crowds and souvenir shops!
  • Incredible monasteries carved out of straight granite. Do come on the hot day, inside is always very cool

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