Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of bygone days! Ancient architecture, mystical stories and ancient legends await you ...
Included in cost
- Geghard Monastery 1 hour
- Garni Temple including museum 1 hour 30 minutes
Kotayk Region, distance to Yerevan 35 km
We offer you an interesting and informative excursion to the ancient Christian monastery. Arriving here, you will appreciate the incredible energy and breathtaking antiquity, as well as find out why it is called Geghard (spear).
On the slope of an almost enclosed amphitheater of sheer cliffs, surrounded by harsh and majestic nature, is the Geghard Monastery, famous for its rocky architecture. Imagine that you are standing in the middle of an ancient monastery carved in a rock, and you have a magnificent view of the mountains, and with each breath you feel a thousand-year history that is literally printed on every curve of the stone!
The history of Geghard Monastery dates back more than 1500 years - for a long time it was one of the spiritual and cultural centers of medieval Armenia, where in addition to religious buildings there were a school, library, and printing house.
The monastery is associated with interesting legends and traditions. On the outer walls of the monastery you can see curious recesses full of pebbles - there is a belief, if you make a wish, drop a pebble from below and get into the recess, then it will certainly come true.
The Geghard monastery complex is undoubtedly a world heritage, therefore it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Kotayk region is located at a distance of 25km from Yerevan.
On this tour you will get acquainted with one of the most interesting sights of Armenia. This is a museum complex, consisting of the ruins of an ancient fortress, palace structures, a bath, but the main object of the complex is a pagan temple, founded in the 1st century! The temple is dedicated to the sun god Mithra. After construction, it stood for 1,500 years, and in 1679 it was destroyed by an earthquake. In the XX century, the temple was restored literally bit by bit. Exact proportions, symmetry, ionic columns of the building, graceful carving - all this amazes the imagination and cannot leave indifferent any tourist.
Garni fortress is also interesting - an impregnable building saved and protected residents from raids by foreign enemies for a thousand years. The Armenian rulers liked this place not only for their impregnability, but also for its favorable climate, therefore the fortress was also used as a summer residence of the kings.
Another interesting attraction of Garni is the "Symphony of stones." For thousands of years, wind and rain have turned a mountainside into a wall of columns of geometrically regular shapes - from a distance they look like pipes of an organ.
Optional: off-road descent to the Garni Gorge, where the symphony of stones is located
Gorge view restaurant