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Geghard Monastery: the gavit or vestry with its stalactite vaulting

RIBA Ref No RIBA114384
Artist/PhotographerORCH Orsenigo-Chemollo
CountryArmenia
CityGeghard
Subject Date1200
Image Date2009
StyleByzantine
MediumDigital image
Library ReferenceORCH Orsenigo Geghart_A_R40F12
OrientationLandscape
Colour InfoColour
CreditORCH Orsenigo / RIBA Collections
SubjectVaulting ; Churches ; Columns ; Chapels ; Monasteries & convents
NOTES: The monastery at Geghard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex was founded in the 4th century although the main church was built in 1215. Its significance is in the vestry or gavit, which is partly free-standing and partly carved into the cliff, and a series of chapels hewn into the rock which date from the mid-13th century.
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