Sacred Cave

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Asia

Site: Geghard - Armenia

Date: September 2008

The night sky as seen from inside a sacred cave near the monastery of Geghard; a world Heritage Site in Armenia. The church is being partially made like a hidden temple in a cave, carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by magnificent towering cliffs. Geghard means "the Monastery of the Spear". As noted by the photographer "The moments inside the cave was surreal. The setting Moon was shedding light on the deeply silent forest, while the bright star Vega was visible above the historic monastery. On the cave's right side, all along the trek to the church, people had made vows with the god by knotting a small piece of white cloth from branches of the trees." Babak Tafreshi/

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