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12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Culture and the Arts
Geghard Monastery (Hayrivank) in Armenia (7th cent)

It is one of the ancient monasteries in Armenia where the "geghard" - "peak of spear" by means of which Christ was killed by a Roman soldier was kept for centuries. Now it is kept in the Treasury in our Holy Seat of Etchmiadzin.

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Date Taken: 07.2012
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Armenia
Camera: SP570UZ
Copyright: © Karine Der-Karapetyan