Monastery of Geghard, Armenia

Geghard is a town of 470 inhabitants in the Kotayk Province. On the territory of this municipality is located the monastery of Geghard.

Beautiful Geghard Gorge

Beautiful Geghard Gorge

Geghard Gorge and Monastery

Geghard Gorge and Monastery

Enter the Geghard Monastery

Enter the Geghard Monastery

The Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley has been named a World Heritage Site for the influence it had on Armenian monastic architecture. The spectacular towering cliffs surrounding the monastery are part of the Azat river gorge.

Altar of the chapel

Altar of the chapel

While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave.

The monastery of the cave

The monastery of the cave

The Caved Church

The Caved Church

Interior of the church

Interior of the church

After the caved monastery, I walked around the churchyard.

The choir of the church;beautiful daughters of an upper class family,

The choir of the church;beautiful daughters of an upper class family,

The complex is carved into the side of the mountain. It consists of several churches, tombs, and a defensive wall and carved out crosses (khatckars).

The Armenian crosses carved to the huge rocks.

The Armenian crosses carved to the huge rocks.

The monastery was founded in the 4th century, according to tradition by Gregory the Illuminator. The site is that of a spring arising in a cave which had been sacred in pre-Christian times, hence one of the names by which it was known, Ayrivank (the Monastery of the Cave). The first monastery was destroyed by Arabs in the 9th century.

Souvenir shops on the open space in front of Geghard Monastery

Souvenir shops on the open space in front of Geghard Monastery

Geghard is one of  the smallest  villages in the mountainous district. The people always relax comfortably. I really love this tiny village.

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