Geghard monastery is situated in Kotayk region. The exact date of Geghard’s foundation is unknown. Following a tradition, the monastery was founded there at the beginning of the 4th century, after Christianity had spread in Armenia, and was called Ayrivank, or a «cave monastery». After 13th century it was remained Geghard, as a legend says, the legendary spear - geghard - (that pierced Christ) was brought there.
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