Geghard

Geghard Monastery - Gegharda-dzor - Ayrivank


Useful Information

Location: Northeast of Garni, at the end of the gorge of the Azat river.
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Classification:  Cave Churches.
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Bibliography: O. Khalpakhchian (1980): Architectural Ensembles of Armenia, Moscow, Iskusstvo Publishers, in Russian.
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History

 
10-13th centuryfirst buildings erected.
1215main church constructed.
1283Avazan church carved into the rock.

Description

Geghard Monastery was originally known as Ayrivank, which simply means cave monastery. The whole monastery is carved out of the rock. In the 13th century it was renamed Geghard which means lance or spear in Armenian. This name is a regard to the most importand relic of the monastery, a 2000 years old roman lance, which is said to be the one used to test if Jesus Christ was dead. Today the lance is in the museum of Echmiadzin Cathedral.

The main building of the monastery is Avazan church an ensemble of two subsequent churches, carved into the rock. Hundreds of khachkars (cross-stones) and caves are built in the rocks surrounding the Monastery.

The monastery may be visited in a day trip from Yerevan.


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