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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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  • The temple of Garni, dedicated to The Sun God Mihr is the only standing pagan temple in Armenia. It is a small Greco Roman building and there are also Roman baths close to the temple. The view from...  more »
  • The temple is nice, a good change of all the monasteries you see in Armenia, this looks different. It is a pagan temple. Inside it is very small, just one room, there is not much to see. As mentioned....  more »
  • when you are in Armenia you must visit this place is one of the tourist attraction you don't missed it, there's have an entrance fee for the tourist to enter this place but its worth  more »
  • 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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