DAY 9. Yerevan – Geghard (UNESCO) – Garni – Byurakan Observatory – Yerevan.
In the morning the coach takes you to Geghard Monastic Complex located on the mountainside of the almost closed amphitheater of harsh cliffs. It is famous for its rock-cut architecture. Thanks to its hard-to-reach area, the Holy Lance which pierced the side of Christ has been kept here for 500 years. St. Thaddeus Apostle brought it to Armenia in 33 AD. In honor of the Holy Lance, Ayrivank Monastery (meaning “Cave Monastery”) was renamed Geghart (the Armenian translation of “the Holy Lance”).
On the way you stop at Charents Arch to enjoy the majestic view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. The next highlight is the only standing pagan temle in Armenia – Garni, devoted to Mihr, who, in accordance with the Armenian Mythology, was the God of the Sun. From here you will enjoy the impressive view of breathtaking high cliffs called “Symphony in the stone”.
An unforgettable experience is waiting for you in Garni village – you can take part in a real ritual of baking national “lavash” bread with local villagers. Enjoy the open-air lunch.
In the afternoon there will be organized a special excursion and a course on the territory of Byurakan observatory. You can visit 260 sm. Reflector, 100 sm. Schmidt telescope and other small telescopes. If the weather permits you can observe the most interesting and beautiful space objects on the night sky.
Dinner on the Observatory territory.