National Geographic Traces Armenia’s Christian Past

The history of Christianity in Armenia was the topic of a TV documentary that aired on National Geographic TV on December 12, 2010. We present the complete documentary for our readers.

The film, titled “Legend of the Holy Spear,” traced the legend of a spear thought to have been thrust into Jesus Christ by a Roman guard when he was crucified. The spear, a Christian holy relic, has been shrouded in mystery, myth, and legend for 2,000 years. Today, three spears claim to be the Holy Spear which pierced Jesus.

National Geographic’s Legend of the Holy Spear followed two investigators attempting to discover if any of them could have been present at the crucifixion. The three spears are kept in the Vatican, Austria and Armenia. Scrutinizing each spear and closely analysing the stories and legends behind them, the film reveals astonishing clues as to their provenance.

One of the spears is in Holy Etchmiadzin and the documentary traces the adoption of Christianity in Armenia as it tells the dramatic story of how the spear arrived in Armenia.


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  1. Phil said:

    How about a National Geographic documentary about the bayonets used by Turkish “soldiers” to rip the fetuses out of pregnant Armenian women during the genocide?

  2. kaloust said:

    I watched the broadcast with pleasure. However, I noticed when the discussion was of historical content of geographic territory, corresponding maps were shown. When the subject was Armenia the only map was shown was the map of present geographic territory of Republic of Armenia by totally dismissing historic Armenia as it was. Giving the viewer impression that Armenia has always occupied the same territory throwout the history. I believe, everyones best interest is serve when the truth is presented without intervention. You can see the map of Armenia at the time of adoption of Christianity in 301 A.D.: