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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Garni Temple and other Garni attractions using our handy Garni trip itinerary builder.
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  • shouldn't lost the opportunity to view this great temple. it has a calm and beautiful sightseeing. it is near Yerevan. we alse went to Geghart, Tsaghkadzor and Sevan too.  more »
  • This is a great place like all the other landmarks in Armenia. Its has a great setting in the backdrop with mountainous cliffs n caverns as well as water flowing from the mountains. The Temple its sel...  more »
  • It's hard to really describe the feeling you get from the Garni Temple. The reaction I had, as well as the other people I was traveling with, was that there was something undefinably impressive about ...  more »
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  • A beautiful temple that is ancient and saw some great sights there! Beautiful views.
  • The temple is Must-see place in Armenia. The Garni Temple was build in 65 AC and is the only temple from pre-Christianity time that was saved. The entrance to the area is 250 dram for locals and 1250 dram for tourtists. And also one of the oldest mosaics is saved near temple which was in the floor of the bath.
  • If you visit Armenia, the temple is worth taking the time, especially if somebody else is driving and the day is clear...
  • The temple and surrounding landscape are quite beautiful, and for Americans, a reminder that there are lands far more ancient than our own.
  • Must see place in Armenia. The only pegan temple in the territory of nowadays Armenia