Tours in Armenia: Garni/ Geghard

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Garni Temple (I c. AD)
This ancient pagan temple of the 1st c. AD was built by King Tiridat I. in the vicinity one can see the ruins of intricate mosaic baths. It is said that Garni had been Princess Khosrovadukht's summer residence. The view of Garni Gorge is simply breathtaking. Along the sides of the gorge there are cliff walls of well-preserved basalt columns, carved out by the Goght River. This portion is typically described as the ''Symphony of Stones''.
Geghard Monastery (X-XII cc)
Partly carved out of the mountain, Geghard is an incredible ancient monastic complex. Though the monastery has been around since 4th century, the main cathedral was built only in 1215. Inside the walls of the complex, at the end of the road one can visit all the churches which are interconnected. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery had thus been originally named Ayrivank, which means ''The Monastery of Caves''. The name commonly used for the monastery today, Geghard, or more fully Geghardavank means ''Monastery of the Spear'', which originates from the very spear that wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude, here called Thaddeus, and stored among many other relics. Now it is displayed in the Echmiadzin treasury

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