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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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  • I'd rather concentrate on the breathtaking landscape that surrounds him! Then get there at sunset with a play of light naturally deserves very much. I have found that it is the most well maintained between the UNESCO sites.
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  • Interesting place to visit, the temple is small yet the background mountains look amazing which makes this pagan temple special. Explore the area and you will see the rulers bathhouse nearby. Still wo...  more »
  • Make sure to walk around the back and have a look in the ancient Bath house. It's a great place to go and not far from Yerevan. 
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  • Nice place for a short vist. It is pretty small. Can be nice for a stop on the way, but not as main attraction.
  • The only pagan temple in Armenia which stands till today! It was built in the first century. The temple is covered with ornaments. There is an altar inside the temple where some neo-pagan festivals are still held today. The temple is dedicated to the Iranian god Mihr or Mithras.
  • Great Ancient temple built by Armenian king Tiridates I in approximately 77 AD as a temple to the sun god Mihr. It's a symbol of pre-Christian (pagan) Armenia
  • The view and surroundings is nice but washrooms were so dirty. This place is for tourists to come and see, they would like to also use clean toilets.
  • I found the deep valley surrounding the site was somehow more impressive than this Hellenic temple itself. Was a bit annoyed by some olympic-game-like music which was, I supposed, used to conjure up artificially a sense of Classic Times. But guess I should be appreciative of its fame as the best known structure of pre-Christian Armenia. (Sep 2012)