A trip to Garni
With the12th and 10th grades of English class we realized a trip to Garni beginning from the Arch of Charents. We read a poem by Yeghishe Charents there.
Afterwards we went to Garni. The students told me about the history of Garni. It’s an amazing pagan temple and we talked about the hellenistic influence on Armenian architecture. After Garni we went to Geghard Monastery which impressed me a lot. The monastery is from the 4th century and its location and history is very powerful. Being artificially carved out of a mountain, this medieval monastery is in the Kotayk Region of Armenia, and is located literally at the end of the road. From here you walk up a path which has a few vendors of souvenirs and snacks (we tried the sweet “sujukh”, sweet lavash and gata). We bought gata from the bakers at Geghard, and it had “Geghard” written on it. Then we reached the entrance of the complex which is surrounded by high walls on the three sides and a mountain on the fourth one. We visited the churches which were interconnected.
There is a very thin creek running in one of the chambers carved into the mountain, and the acoustics is great throughout the complex. If you climb up stone stairs located on the left side of the church, you will pass by some very finely carved khatchkars (cross-stones).
It was amazing being in such a beautiful place. Before returning to Yerevan, on the way we had a picnic. I had so much fun with the students and Irene, the English teacher.
- Here is the link of the poem : https://youtu.be/vtlXwQ9vMRI
- Blog post by Sebastatsi School: http://highschool.mskh.am/archives/12349
- Another blogpost by a Sebastatsi student (with Photos) https://armanmartirosyanblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/duru-tells-arman-translates/