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Garni Gorge, Garni

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#4 of 25 in Nature in Armenia
Marvel at impressive basalt column formations carved by the Goght River at Garni Gorge, a picturesque ravine with an eponymous pre-Christian temple of Mithras perched atop its steep cliff. Thousands of hexagonal volcanic rock bars protrude from the clifftop like a giant curtain, forming what locals call the "Symphony of the Stones." You'll see some goatherd huts, an 11th-century bridge, and a few kiosks selling dry fruits. Located some 23 km (14.3 mi) east of Yerevan, the site is best visited by 4x4 on a dirt road, and offers scenic hiking opportunities. Arrange to visit Garni Gorge and other attractions in Garni using our Garni day trip planner .
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  • The nature in this place is so mesmerising ! We are so cheerful that we visited here and had a chance to look at the view .  more »
  • Through the Azat gorge walking 1 hour to Garni Temple. The basalt formations are breathtaking, the landscape bukolisch. Really an absolute highlight for widely travelled, have seen much ;-)
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  • The River Azat has cut a spectacular gorge through the local basalt rocks. the cooling of the basalt has geologically left vertical hexagonal blocks {as in the Giant's Causeway-Northern Ireland}, whic...  more »
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  • Lots of tourists go to Garni temple and miss no less gorgeous place - Symphony of the Stones in Garni. You have to be attentive to find this place. I recommend to wear long pants. Armenian snakes like Garni too :) I didn't meet them, just heard about ;) The place is very beautiful even people go there for wedding photos!!
  • Gorgeous place, don't miss if you visit Garni temple! it's quite near
  • Such a fantastic place! Getting here is fast. You can come here from the eastern part of the village. You can walk to the pagan temple taking the western road from here (this way you can avoid paying the entrance fee...just jokin'). The gorge has a medieval bridge, which used to be old, but after being renovated it looks very new and not interesting. Sometimes it is so frightening to walk under the cliffs because they can fall on you anytime and everywhere! But, anyway, it is an unforgettable experience to walk here!
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