The Amazing blend of nature and ancient churches

Historically Armenians built their monasteries hidden from hostile neighbors to avoid destruction and massacre. Most of ancient monuments are restored. The restoration had begun when Armenia was part of the Soviet Union and continues today. Few sources and books avoid mentioning that churches were rebuilt during the Soviet era, some of restored sites were Garni, Geghard, Vagharshapat, Haghartsin, Haghpat and many others.

Armenia, Goshavank Monastery

Gosh village is surrounded by thick and full of old oak forest and gorgeous mountains. It is definitely worth the visit.

Armenia, Goshavank Monastery

The Goshavank monastery is not in good shape, weeds growing on walls and roof slowly destroying the church.

Armenia, Goshavank Monastery

Fragment of the passage leading to the backyard of the Goshavank monastery.

Armenia, Garni Temple

Garni is an interesting mix of Armenian and Hellenistic cultures. It was built in I century by king Tiridates.

Armenia, Garni

Garni gorge is one of the most beautiful places in Armenia. Ancient structure of the temple blends well with the nature.

Armenia, Garni Temple

Garni temple was built on funds from Emperor Nero of Rome. It was reconstructed in 1975.

Armenia, Garni Temple

Old, III century roman bathhouse is on the right side of the temple.

Armenia, Garni Temple

Gain temple is always full of tourists from around the world and it is well maintained.

Armenia, Geghard Monastery

Geghard monastery is just a few miles farther from Garni. The cross stones.

Armenia, Geghard Monastery

Some of the prayer chambers are really hard to get to, but the view from above is incredible.

Armenia, Geghard Monastery

Geghard monastery was built in 1215. There is a gift shop near the entrance.

Armenia, Geghard Monastery

The passages to Geghard's cave chambers were carved by humans.

Armenia, Geghard Monastery

To get here you need to climb the step hill and be careful when coming down.

Armenia, Geghard Monastery

Cave altar in Geghard. The acoustics in the chambers is amazing.

Armenia, Geghard Monastery

Geghard monastery was very well restored during the Soviet times.

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