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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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  • We spent about an hour here looking at the greek styled structure. Very pretty from all angles. The history of the site is also very interesting and well documented. Lovely view over the adjacent vall...  more »
  • Very ancient temple with a very different architecture it looks Greek to me. Stunning vieuw over the mountains and valley and river Garni.  more »
  • Go well, were in a taxi. But the place is worth to spend half a day on it. The beauty of the temple, the beauty around him, did not take, simply walked and fotolis. Entrance to the surcharge. There is a plus that the day we can reach another landmark, as it is nearby Geghard. Conclusion: be in Armenia and not visit-great stupidity and a question for what then to come into the country.
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  • The temple is set in beautiful surroundings. Surrounded by valleys and snow capped mountains and water streams. Even though the temple was destroyed partially by an earthquake, they have done a good job restoring it. It takes about an hour for a good look around.
  • We combined visiting Garni and Geghard. There's actually a public bus from Yerevan to Garni. But it was deep winter, very cold. So we hire a taxi. Taxis are not expensive in Yerevan. The temple is smaller than I imagined. But the scenery was wondeful, serene. There's music accompanied our visit. Outside the complex souvenir sellers offer their merchandises.
  • Must see place in Armenia. it felt like you were in ancient period. There was so many great memories to fonder. Kudos to all the staffs in OceanAir Travels make us feel comfortable! Highly recommended!
  • The Greek temple of Garni is a very special place due to its existence itself. It is the only standing Greek-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and beyond. But I saw several tourists who were disappointed that the temple is completely empty. However one should keep in mind that it shows the influence of Greece so far away from the motherland. Unfortunately, the building with the bathhouse was not accessible and the signs with the description were often in bad shape. However, the landscape with the valley is nice. The parking system is not developed – because of so many tourists parking spots are hard to find.
  • A pagan temple close to Yerevan. Not as impressive as the nearby Geghard Monastery but absolutely worth a stop on your way there. Entry ticket 1,500 AMD (April 2018). Parking available just in front of the entrance.
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