Feline Bas-Relief in Geghard Monastery

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 09 April 2018

Geghard Monastery in Armenia contains a number of churches, altars, and tombs, most of which are cut into rock. The monastery is widely considered the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture. It was founded at some point in the 4th century CE. At its height in the 13th century CE, Geghard Monastery benefited from the patronage of Armenian and Georgian princely families, and it was a pilgrimage site. Among its reliquaries were supposedly the spear used by a Roman soldier to pierce the body of Jesus Christ as well as a wooden fragment said to have been a part of Noah's Ark.



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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