I can’t resist sharing two more photos, from the beautiful, awe-inspiring cave monastery at Geghard, Armenia.
Geghard means spear in Armenian. The church is named after its most holy relic, the sword brandished by a Roman soldier to pierce Christ’s side as he was on the cross. It was brought to Armenia by two of the apostles (Bartholomew and someone else, I think). The sword is now in the Treasury at Echmiadzin, the Holy See of the Armenian Apostolic Church, but for many centuries it was housed here at Geghard.