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The Monastery of Geghard

Monastery of Geghard © John Barker
Monastery of Geghard © John Barker

The Monastery of Geghard, or 'Monastery of the Spear', is perhaps Armenia's most memorable attraction. Partially carved out of an adjacent mountain, and surrounded by the spectacular cliffs of the Azat River gorge, the monastery was founded in the 4th Century at the site of a sacred spring deep inside the cave. The impressive main chapel was built in 1215 and is a lasting testament to the devotion and architectural skill of the Armenian people. The monastery complex takes its name from the weapon which wounded Jesus Christ, and was supposedly brought to Armenia by Jude the Apostle.

Address: Near Goght, Kotayk Province