Geghard Monastery

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Geghard Monastery - a unique architectural construction in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain

Geghard Monastery - the main chapel was built in 1215

Geghard Monastery - the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave

Geghard Monastery - some of the churches within the monastery complex are entirely dug out of the cliff rocks

Geghard Monastery - others are little more than caves, while others are elaborate structures, with architecturally complex walled sections

Geghard Monastery - numerous engraved and free-standing khachkars are a unique sight within this complex

Geghard Monastery - the name meaning "the Monastery of the Spear", originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion

Geghard Monastery - the 'spear' was allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude and stored amongst many other relics at this monastery

Geghard Monastery

Geghard Monastery

Geghard Monastery

 

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