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Church carved into the rock

Geghard (meaning "spear" in Armenian) is a medieval monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia.

Its churches and chapels are partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs.

 

Some of the churches within the monastery complex are entirely dug out of the cliff rocks, others are little more than caves, while others are elaborate structures.

 

Geghard monastery, Armenia, 2006

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Taken on May 1, 2006