Geghard Monastery, Armenia The monastery of Geghard (Armenian: Գեղարդ, meaning spear) is a unique architectural construction in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave.
The seventh-century Armenian church of St. Thaddeus in Azerbaijan Province, Iran, is one of three monasteries in northwestern Iran given World Heritage status by UNESCO in July St. Stepanos Church and the Chapel of Dzordzor were also added to the list.
UNESCO World Heritage Site: Sanahin ("Սանահին" in Armenian) is a village in the Northern Lori province of Armenia, now considered part of the city of Alaverdi. A UNESCO site along with monasteries in Haghpat.