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Holy Mount Ararat

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Armenia – Top Destination of the year

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ARMENIA UNESCO

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Following the Great Silk Road

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Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

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Pearls of Caucasus

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Another complex, which occupies an important place in Armenian architecture, is the monastery of Geghard situated on a wild narrow mountain gorge of unusual beauty. The Monastery of Geghard (geghard meaning spear) is a unique architectural construction. The chapel was built in 1215, but the monastic complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator, as the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. The monastery had thus originally been named Ayrivank, meaning “the monastery of the cave”. Nowadays nothing has remained of the structure of Ayrivank. The monastery was destroyed by the Arabs in the 9-10th centuries, and the architectural parts that survived belong for the most part to the 12-13th centuries. According to the inscription on the west door, there is a church dating from 1215 inside the monastery walls.

The 13th century became a crucial period for the construction of Geghard. During this period rock-hewn structures became the work of masters. The first church was hewn in a primeval cave where there was a spring gushing from the rock. It had been held sacred since times immemorial.

The largest of the monastery constructions is a four-column belfry hollowed out of the cliffs in 1288. This type of construction in Medieval Armenia could serve either as a building for civic purposes or as a burial vault. The monastery complex as a whole possesses the charm of an outstanding and unique monument of Armenian medieval architecture.

All around the monastery is full of caves and khachkars. The monastery was deceased for a while. The main church was used as a shelter for the flocks, nomads in winter. It was until the time when a few monks from Etchmiadzin resettled there after the Russian conquest.

Now with a small ecclesiastical presence, the site is still a major place of pilgrimage.

The monastery is also famous due to the relics, among which the most important one is the spear which had wounded Christ on the Cross presumably brought there by the Apostle Thaddeus.

Geghardevank (meaning “the monastery of the spear”) was first recorded in a document of 1250. The monastery is of great value not only in Armenia but also in the whole world. It is inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.