Yesterday I showed the view of the Geghard Monastery as you approch it from the road in the River Azat Valley. But it is the interior of the church that makes it so unusual.
Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat river, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture— Geghard monastery. The specific character of this monument reflects, no doubt, the peculiarities of the austere and majestic scenery around it. The picturesque gorge of Gegharda-dzor with its high and precipitous cliffs is extremely winding, and the monastery opens to view unexpectedly behind a turn of a steep path leading to it. In the 1950s a road sign was put up near this turn — a lioness on a high pedestal, with its head turned as if showing the way. Its figure is stylistically connected with the decoration of the monastery. The exact date of Geghard’s foundation is unknown. In one of the caves of Gegharda-dzor there still gushes a spring which was believed to be a sacred one in heathen times. Following a tradition, it continued to be worshipped even after Christianity had spread in Armenia. As a result, a monastery called Airivank, or a “cave monastery”, was founded there at the beginning of the fourth century. The present name can be traced back to the 13th century when, as a legend says, the legendary spear — geghard — [that pierced Christ] was brought there.
Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Though the monastery has been around since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. The monastery is located literally at the end of the road. From here you walk up a path which has a few vendors of souvenirs and snacks. (try the sweet "sujukh", sweet lavash and gata if you have never tasted them before). (From http://www.armeniapedia.org/)
I was very impressed by these sculptures in the cave, so different from i have seen before. But I am afraid it has been very difficult to present it as the light in the caves was dim.
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lousat (77802) 2014-04-24 1:03
Hi Malgo,in effect this is very original and strange,your capture is very useful,like the others from this fantastic trip,great composition looking for the detail and perfect result! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
daddo (24406) 2014-04-24 1:29
Hi Malgo. Grateful to you for showing the detailed ornamentation of the walls. I particularly like those winged creatures with human faces. I wonder what stylistic influences criss-crossed Armenia for millennia.Excellent result despite your misgivings. Pozdrav. Klaudio.
snunney (84847) 2014-04-24 1:57
A splendid close-up on this wonderful set of stone carving. The craftsmanship is superb and you have been able to capture it in precise detail under a sympathetic ambient light.
limielski (0) 2014-04-24 2:45
Takie stare świątynie zawsze robia na mnie wrazenie - i jakos zawsze czuje pewna aure tajemniczości. Fajne ujęcie
fritzi007 (6057) 2014-04-24 5:27
Hallo Hi Malgo,
einfach wundervoll, sehr guter Kommentar,gratuliere!
Wünsch dir auch einen schönen Tag
Sergiom (61092) 2014-04-24 5:28
Une photo intéressante au niveau de la texture et de l'usure du temps. J'aime beaucoup le jeu des ombres et de la lumière dans cette composition.
ikeharel (58159) 2014-04-24 8:09
mMnaged to post many elements from the monastery old edifice, Malgo.
Each of the shown elements, carved onto the wall and/or sculptured are in great texture and under good light.
Fine photojob done.
carlo62 (33779) 2014-04-24 15:36
nonostante le difficoltà di illuminazione sei riuscita a darci una bella testimonianza di ciò che hai visto, sculture molto interessanti e, come dici tu, molto originali.
Ottimo lavoro, come sempre.
jjcordier (76852) 2014-04-24 22:50
Un très intéressant détail de la belle architecture de cet ancien monastère arménien.
jurek1951 (42158) 2014-04-24 23:28
misterna robota,mieli kiedys ludzie talent do takich robut,pozdrawiam
mcmtanyel (14117) 2014-06-03 19:09
Nice detail captured from this ancient church. The richness of texture makes up for lack of color in the architecture.
PS. I was in Turkey in March. I took my time uploading those photos.