I feel a bit like a discoverer (for you) the unknown land, as from the whole Armenia there are less photos than from some Polish cities. I have shown already beautiful monasteries in Khor Virap , Noravank , Tatev , Sevanavank and a temple in Garni , I also visited a few churches of the Holy Seat of Echmiadzin, but for me the number one was a monastery in Geghard.
The Geghard complex is an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a medieval Armenian monastic foundation in a remote area of great natural beauty at the head of the Azat valley, surrounded by towering cliffs. It contains a number of churches and tombs, most of them cut into the rock, which illustrate the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture and decorative art, with many innovatory features that had a profound influence on subsequent developments in the region. It was founded in the 4th century, according to tradition by St Gregory the Illuminator. The first monastery was destroyed by Arabs in the 9th century, but it was flourishing again by the 13th century. The monastery was famous because of the relics that it housed, the most celebrated the spear that wounded Christ on the Cross. Relics of the Apostles Andrew and John were donated in the 12th century and pious visitors made numerous grants of land, money, manuscripts and so on over the succeeding centuries.
I present three similar photos of the setting of this monastery in Azat River Valley. But the most amazing is carved in the stone interior which I will show later.
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Royaldevon (36135) 2014-04-23 1:05
I like that you have followed up this shot with a close-up. It makes the information complete. Here, we have the stunning location of the monastery, deep in the mountains, and reached by your clever composition, of the road. The presence of snow, or frost, compounds the sense of austerity and isolation of the monastery.
Your w/s gives us the details. Together, they complete the jigsaw.
Have a lovely day,
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-23 2:12
anche questa foto propone uno scenario da presepe con il monastero dominato dalle montagne parzialmente innevate che mostrano tutta l'asprezza del paesaggio armeno.
Un'altra ottima foto che documenta un altro viaggio straordinario che hai avuto la fortuna di effettuare.
Ciao e buona giornata
photographer_sg (4412) 2014-04-23 2:14
this is a stunning composition with brilliant framing and great dof. The details of the mountains that look nearly inaccessible are superbly displayec with the monastery forming the perfect focal point.
Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
snunney (94919) 2014-04-23 2:24
The shot is well composed using the road as a lead-line toward the monastery, which is nicely located in the frame. What I especially like is the lovely soft winter light, which seems to pick out the building and parts of the background rocks. Superb colours and clarity. You are taking us on a fascinating tour of this little known country, many thanks.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-04-23 3:18
thats a stunning place with great topography,and i like the barrenness.great frame work here and i like the winding road.
jjcordier (79295) 2014-04-23 4:58
Excellente présentation (post principal et WS) de ce monastère situé dans un endroit fantastique.
Sergiom (73450) 2014-04-23 5:20
Le regard suit naturellement la petite route qui serpente dans le paysage vers ce magnifique monastère niché dans la montagne. Un ensemble très profond dans un lieu très accidenté.
dkmurphys (55907) 2014-04-23 7:02
Very picturesque mountain scene with the monastery well camouflaged into the terrain. Well taken scene, have a fine afternoon.
holmertz (48944) 2014-04-23 7:52
A majestic view with a monastery instead of a monastery with a majestic view. This is a change from the earlier photos, and why not? At least in this case I think this general view is more interesting than the closer view. The thin patches of snow give a dynamic pattern to the rather dramatic dark mountainside. The weather was fantastic that day.
photoray (13725) 2014-04-23 8:03
Unique view of the remote Geghard Monastery in a craggy snow covered mountain canyon. Obviously no modern distractions here which helps the faithful concentrate on spiritual matters.
I would enjoy visiting to revive my spirits.
Thanks for sharing,
fritzi007 (10401) 2014-04-23 8:07
es ist wirklich ein sehr interessantes Land, das zeigen deine Fotos; gratuliere dir zu deiner Reise und Fotos!
ikeharel (67227) 2014-04-23 8:08
Good evening Malgo,
It is an unknown land as you written, not many photos fromn this region on TE.
Beautiful texture creatyed the snow patchs on the rocks and slopes, fine depth onto the trough, with good view of the (hidden) monastery.
The edifice has a camouflage set of colors against the mountain's.
Silvio1953 (136753) 2014-04-23 8:55
Ciao Malgorzata, great view of lovely monastery in a fantastic mountain landscape, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (35519) 2014-04-23 10:08
I studied history of western civilization in high school but I've learn so much from your posting of those wonderful and historic places. Nice capture of this monastery with beautiful background. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
carlo62 (43583) 2014-04-23 15:25
hai fatto un gran lavoro alla scoperta di tutti questi luoghi belli e interessanti.
Ognuno di essi è una novità per me, una bella novità.
rychem (32267) 2014-04-24 8:47
No, sceneria ja z "Władcy pierścieni", piękny widok, a malutki klasztor jest dopasowany formą do otoczenia, super
Graal (101730) 2014-04-24 23:01
interesujace tereny, niezwykla armenska przyroda. Fajne zdjecia, takze w WS. W kwietniu zima jeszcze trzyma. Budowle przypominaja, ze Armenia to katolicki kraj.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-04-24 23:25
atrakcyjne miejsce,ladnie wkaponowany w otoczenie ten klasztor,pozdrawiam
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-04-24 23:26
kolejna udana fotografia z ostatniej podrozy. Widze ze droga prowadzila przez naprawde fascynujace miejsca! A ten klasztor wsrod gor to sama tez bym chetnie odwiedzila. Piekna panorama i bardzo dobra jakosc. Ladnie poprowadzone swiatlo, naturalne kolory i bardzo dobra ostrosc.
jemaflor (93273) 2014-04-24 23:44
great photo on this mountains landscapes, perect composition with the church and the sinuous road, interesting with shades and light and also snow on these cliffs.
mcmtanyel (19729) 2014-05-17 21:32
What a place to build a monastery! Perched on the rugged terrain, the buildings are well-camouflaged. If it weren't for the road directing our gaze to it, it would be kind of hard to spot the monastery. A high quality photo of this proud complex. Thanks for your reportage from this little-known country.
Miguel82 (27277) 2014-07-06 19:33
This is a post card Malgorzata, high quality of picture, Geghard monastery is situated in wonderful area of nature in Azat valley, at the begining of spring season, snow is still in that place, you didn't mention the altitude, bravo, have a good start of week
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (91518)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-04
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture
- Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-23 0:48