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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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  • August 17, 2017
    An amazing restoration of an outstanding pagan, pre-Christian site. The entrance fee was very reasonable (AMD1500/US$3.13) and the information boards were informative, although it's clear they will ne...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Romanesque church dating from the second half of the 1st century a.d. dedicated to the Sun God, conosicuta in that time as Mithras. The temple was rebuilt in full Soviet era with part of the original materials and is definitely one of the most touristic places and suggestive of Armenia. The temple is surrounded by an Esplanade that emphasizes the view and that makes it even more majestic. The entrance is free of charge (1500 Drams) and there is also a discount for students but only if you want a specific card (students who don't speak English so attests to the cashier but prove it really is a problem. Inside you will find little shops of beverages and souvenirs (the latter really high prices). If this opinion there has been useful please press IT deep in the text, thanks. Diego
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  • August 15, 2017
    Very beautiful Roman Greek temple. After seeing a lot of monastery, this place is really unusual. The framework in which it is located is majestic, it overlooks a beautiful valley. At first in that profane time, it looks like square House of Nîmes, now there are probably plenty of differences.
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  • July 12, 2017
    A must see!!!! Beautiful pagan temple only preserved by a open minded Armenian Queen in close to the 400 AD period . The only Pagan Roman Temple in Armenia I believe today. Beautiful views surround this temple, Some walking wear good sturdy shoes. maybe a couple hours here. Fun to see surrounding area . New construction nearby
  • July 13, 2017
    An incredibly old Pagan temple built by the Romans. While incredibly cool, there isn't all that much to see here besides the building. Takes 30 minutes tops.
  • June 21, 2017
    Good to visit in the end of your tour de Armenia. There are quite a lot of tourist. Also, temple has been renovated in Soviet occupation era and you can see it on the quality od renovation:)
  • May 21, 2017
    The temple is Must-see place in Armenia. The Garni Temple was build in 65 AC and is the only temple from pre-Christianity time that was saved. The entrance to the area is 250 dram for locals and 1250 dram for tourtists. And also one of the oldest mosaics is saved near temple which was in the floor of the bath.
  • June 4, 2017
    A beautiful temple that is ancient and saw some great sights there! Beautiful views.

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