The Holy Lance Church

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These are photos from the church in Armenia, ex part of Soviet Union, now a separate country.
They have those unique churches that were caved in the mountain with the part of the original solid rock as the pillars and walls. These churches are more than 1500 years old and according to the history of this particular church the “Holy Lance” or “Spear of Christ”, the lance that pierced Jesus while he was on the cross to stop his sufferings was stored during 500 years in this place. The name of place is still “The Church of the Holy Lance”.

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photos by Anna via myphototravel

40 thoughts on “The Holy Lance Church”

  1. Fascinating.
    I always wanted to visit the country, but unfortunately never had enough time to do so.

    Off topic:
    There were many jokes in the dark old days of socialism concerning Radio Yerevan, a fictitious radio station of Soviet propaganda.

    Question: Is it true that Soviet Army lost a number of men in border fights with China?
    Answer of Radio Yerevan: Nothing like that happened. In fact, a peaceful Soviet tractor was plowing a field and was subjected to provocation of Chinese soldatesque which shot at it. The tractor only shot back and then flew away.

    Q: Is it true that the wheat in USSR grows like telephone poles?
    A: Basically, yes. Sometimes it grows even denser.

    Q: Is it true there is meat in both Moscow and Leningrad shops?
    A: Yes, the exhibition is itinerant one.

    • CZenda: Do you know if someone have compiled jokes like these and published them online or in any form, preferrably in english?

      • Unfortunately, I do not know of any such site.
        The Wiki link defines “Radio Yerevan” jokes in somewhat broader sense, they were strictly political and anti-Soviet in former Czechoslovakia. I do not know about former DDR, Poland or Hungary, but I think it was the same in these countries, too.

        I just found another one on Czech Wiki:
        There was a race held after bilateral negotiations between USSR and USA. Soviet president lost.
        Radio Yerevan reports: “Comrade Brezhnev won the honorable second place. The imperialist warmonger, puppet of international capital, ended up next to last.”

    • not shopped. it’s HDR photography; gives the visual look of being shopped or cg rendered because it combines severals layers of colour toning and texture that we don’t typically see. it’s awesome for eerie settings like this one 🙂

  2. This church could also have been used for other religions than the Christian ones.

    The cats and the birds on the walls are strongly indicating a nature based religion.

  3. It’s a fascinating coincidence that you made this post, because I’ve been at that place exactly a year ago!

    This place is called Geghard Monastery (check, it has several floors caved in the mountain at different levels, and there also was a hole from which you can see the room (church actually) below. So, it’s a kind of several churches inside of a mountain. It also has a *build* church which covers the entrance to the caved churches.

    Very mystic place. No tourists, just mountains, fresh air.. and a feeling of the Great History. Actually all armenian churches, monasteries, *Vanks, Khachkars are very beautiful.

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  5. I agree with Kris and J to start with.

    Thank you for sharing these images, and to Sphinxo for more information. The architecture is fascinating and very moody. I would love to visit this church and other regions of the Caucasus. Re: the comment about animalistic worship in this location and the ensuing comments that he (or she) is wrong, I’d just like to point out that though Armenia itself is one of the oldest centers of Christian worship, the region did have an animalistic belief system prior to that; it’s not just in this church but in many churches that we find remnants of this through the animal iconography which is furthermore incorporated into the Christian religion itself. Finally, sacred and holy sites are often very ancient, and merely taken over by successive dominant religions down through the ages. Surely before this place was a church it was another sanctuary of some sort. Just some ideas…

  6. Beautiful Place. Thanks for posting. Armenia is one of the oldest Christian cultures in the world and has endured despite centuries of murderous animosity from muslim neihgbors. In no small part thanks to Russia.

  7. Technically Jesus was already dead when he was speared by the roman guard. He suffered all the way through to the end. They just used the spear to verify that he was dead (water flowed out because his lungs contained excess from the asphyxiation effect of crucifixion).

    see John 19:28-37

    31Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.

    31Но так как [тогда] была пятница, то Иудеи, дабы не оставить тел на кресте в субботу, –ибо та суббота была день великий, –просили Пилата, чтобы перебить у них голени и снять их.

    32Итак пришли воины, и у первого перебили голени, и у другого, распятого с Ним.

    33Но, придя к Иисусу, как увидели Его уже умершим, не перебили у Него голеней,

    34но один из воинов копьем пронзил Ему ребра, и тотчас истекла кровь и вода.

    35И видевший засвидетельствовал, и истинно свидетельство его; он знает, что говорит истину, дабы вы поверили.

    as I don’t speak russian I hope the above is a good translation 🙂

  8. How did anyone got to that spear? It was just another guy being crucified, and all those romans still running around? man, EVERYONE had a spear then.

    ajem, these are great pictures.

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    • There are several spears that are claimed to be “the Holy Spear”. The armenian spear is claimed to be conquested by Turks and then returned to Vatican as a gift for pope. Another one had Otto I (so called Hofburg Spear). Two copies of it with a piece taken from the original were given by Otto III to kings of Poland and Hungary. Nowadays Hofburg Spear you can see in Viena and one of the copies is preserved on Wawel castle in Cracow.

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