Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery
Republic of Armenia
October 17, 2012
Armenia is best described as a landlocked, mountainous country.
If you are a 1st Century King, or a 4th Century Priest, you naturally choose a mountain top or mountain side for your spiritual home.
The Hellenic Garni Temple was built by King Trdat I and dedicated to Mitra, the sun god. The temple stands atop the Avan Gorge, carved by the Azat River below.
The Geghard Monastery, named after the holy lance that pierced Christ’s side at the crucifixion, stands above a steep canyon. Remarkably, the chapels are hewn from raw rock.
Each morning, the Pagan King, from his royal abode, awakens to see the handiwork of his god’s inspiring creation.
Each morning, the Christian Priest, from his humble cave dwelling, awakens to see the handiwork of G-d’s inspiring creation.
Just east of Yerevan, in the Geghama Mountain Range, Garni and Gehard … inspiring.