Geghard Monastery & Azat Gorge

The monastery of Geghard is a unique architectural construction being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main chapel was built in 1215 but complex was founded in the 4th century at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. Originally named

Ayrivank, meaning "the Monastery of the Cave". Geghard, or more fully Geghardavank, meaning "the Monastery of the Spear", originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude, called here Thaddeus, and stored amongst many other relics. It is displayed in the Echmiadzin treasury. The spectacular towering cliffs surrounding the monastery are part of the Azat river gorge, and are included together with the monastery in the World Heritage Site listing.

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Geghard Monastery Road , Goght, Αρμενία
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