As best as anyone can tell, Geghard Monastery was established sometime in the early fourth century, but people had been worshiping at the site long before Christianity came on the scene. It sits at the beginning of the Azat Valley, which is outside of Yerevan, Armenia, and is surrounded by mountains and cliffs. Because of its historical and architectural value, the monastery is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
On the drive back to Yerevan, I took a picture of Mount Ararat in the distance. You can see its snow-covered peak.
Armenians have historically identified themselves with the mountain, which has been in modern-day Turkey since the early part of the 20th century. Armenia even includes Ararat’s two peaks on its immigration stamp.