Armenia — East of Yeveran (Geghard Monastery)

A little more than an hour’s drive east from Yerevan is Geghard Monastery, named after the holy lance that pierced Christ’s side at the crucifixion (the actual lance is purportedly housed in Echmiadzin). Legend dates the monastery back to the 4th century. Its interior is striking, though quite dark. As I do not travel with a tripod, I try my best to capture the essence.

Nearby is Garni Temple, a Hellenistic temple originally constructed in the 1st century. The temple has been restored and remains one of the few Pagan buildings still standing in Armenia. There are also remains of a Roman bathhouse a few feet away. Below the temple is a good hike revealing some very interesting rock formations.

Photos taken May 2010 (Fuji FinePix S9000).

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