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Garni Temple, Garni

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The classical Hellenistic structure of Garni Temple remains the only embodiment of Armenia's pre-Christian era. Built in the 1st century CE by king Tiridates I, the temple honored the sun god Mihr. Today, in addition to drawing scores of tourists, it represents a shrine for Armenian neopaganism. As you approach the site surrounded by mountains, notice the structure's colonnades, geometrical figures, and rich decorations, all typical of Ancient Greek architectural style. Scholars speculate that it may in fact have functioned as a tomb, allowing the structure to survive the mass destruction of pagan edifices. Make Garni Temple a part of your Garni vacation plans using our Garni tour planner.
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  • Pagan temple with classical Greco Roman columns structure. Have been erected over the centuries I/II before Christ. Is fully rebuilt and in very good condition. To your back is all very well maintained and clean. The entry price is symbolic hanging around little more than 2 euros. Is located near a river and opposite the splendor of the mountains. Consists of 24 columns as many hours of the day. Place that impresses by the grandeur of the temple
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  • Very beautiful place, expertly selected for construction. Well-groomed territory, beautiful flowerbeds. Amazing ancient mosaics, partially preserved to our times on the floor of the baths. With the inscription "worked without getting anything" ...
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  • Although Garni Temple is a rare ancient architecture in Caucasus I would say it looked too refurbished and has lost some ancient appeal. But as it is conveniently located near other heritage sites, it...  more »
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  • A classical Greek-inspired ancient temple from the first century. After it was destroyed, it was rebuilt again using new stones and the same ones from the old temple. This place is filled with history, and the stunning mountain view around it attracts tourists around the world. A must-see for anyone visiting Garni.
  • المعبد الوثني «كارني» الذي يعود إلى عصر ما قبل المسيحية. ثمانية أعمدة على جانبيه، أما في الجهة الخلفية فهناك ستة أعمدة مثل الجهة الأمامية التي يتوسطها فتحة تدخل من خلالها إلى قاعة المعبد الوحيدة، التي تنتهي بمذبح قدم عليه الوثنيون قرابينهم قبل آلاف الأعوام، يعتلي كل هذا سقف على شكل هرمي يحمي المعبد من الثلوج والأمطار التي قد تسقط عليه.
  • The place with so much history, beautiful nature and fresh air... Here one can feel the centuries.
  • Beautiful scenery. Lovely and we'll preserved monument. A must visit place in Armenia
  • One of the interesting and best places to visit when you are in Armenia, very interesting facts about history also, right next to the Garni temple, there is a small open market where you can buy home made dried fruits, pure honey and so on.
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