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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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  • This is a pagan temple, which a huge change for all the christian churches you see in Armenia. The landscape and the temple itself is beautiful. Would definitely recommend the trek to get to it from.....  more »
  • A temple or a tomb? I guess we will never know that for sure. "Garni Temple" dates from the 1st century AD, built to honor "Mihr", the god of sun in the Armenian ancient mythology. Later on it was...  more »
  • Come here to relax and contemplate. Try to avoid tourists. You can wander around and look for trees and deserted areas while waiting for tourists to go their way. The temple is beautiful, the history....  more »
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  • Most beautiful scenic place, as we went in a rainy day, the whole walkway flooring towards the temple was wet and reflective, which made the best. Small but huge. Amazing architecture. Best for photography... Such a peaceful place and do not miss.
  • I went here last winter and i enjoy it a lot . My parents was also with me and we roam around this historical place . Its nice also if people will know its history and all in the google. Its really interesting
  • This temple is very old and beautiful. The background is super. It gives the feel of historic representation of Armenia
  • Garni Temple was beautiful. With a greco roman architecture style, the temple was a place to worship the fire god. It has the oldest mosaic in the world right next to a hot spring bath. Our tour guide also drove us to a nearby mountain scape, which was amazing.
  • It is good to visit a day. It is 1 hour enough for the visiting. Great valley and vies arounds. It is wealth to visit.

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