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Garni Temple, Garni

Categories: Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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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  • small temple(l intérêt c est qu il soit a cet endroit), great views over the Valley, quiet place, to see the remains of mosaics (right by entering)
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  • entrance fee 1200 drahm + parking 200 I think. We parked down the street, because parking was full, so no charge. Renovation job is prety neet, but info signs could be more explainatory. The music is ...  read more »
  • The Temple of Garni is situated in a village of Kotayk province Garni, located about 32 km southeast from Yerevan. The temple was built in the first century a.d. by King tiridates I of Armenia and construction was financed thanks to the money that the Armenian King received from Emperor Nero during his visit to Rome. The temple was dedicated to the god Mithras.
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  • To be in Armenia and not to visit Garni Temple is a crime. The 2000 years old pre-christian era temple is a unique building located on the edge of deep Garni gorge. It used to be the place to worship the Sun. This place is very much popular among tourists visiting Armenia. All Armenian travel agencies, among them VisitArm, have Garni temple in their tour programs. It is not far away from Yerevan, so it wouldn't be tiresome to visit this place.
  • A must if you are visiting armenia. Maybe not the most beautiful place in armenia, but definetly a place to see. The greek style seems a little odd at first sight, but the change of view is welcome after 5-6 of typical armenian monasteries.
  • In short it's a place where every tourist visits) Butmany tourists miss the most interesting in Garni, what isn't the temple but it's canyon where you can find symphony of rocks
  • One of the oldest sights in Armenia worth to visit. It overlooks a valley with amazing view. This temple is quite close to Gerhard so you can see both in one trip.
  • An easy drive from Yerevan if you're looking to get out of the city, at a glance, Garni looks like a replica of the Parthenon! The temple is surrounded by cliffs and the Symphony of Stones gorge, be sure to check out the bathhouse as well, where you can see writing in ancient Greek. The site is well-documented with signage in multiple languages, so you can get context for what's present.
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