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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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  • It's just like a Greek Temple. We were told it's from the pagan era in Armenia. There's a little museum on site and also a building over more ruins. There are views too down the Garni valley where... 
    It's just like a Greek Temple. We were told it's from the pagan era in Armenia. There's a little museum on site and also a building over more ruins. There are views too down the Garni valley where...  more »
  • It is one of the very few pagan temples which has been restored systematically. It is now maintained well in the midst of nice and green environment. The ruins of the ancient royal baths , in... 
    It is one of the very few pagan temples which has been restored systematically. It is now maintained well in the midst of nice and green environment. The ruins of the ancient royal baths , in...  more »
  • Great temple in a scenic setting, but very busy when we visited, I still enjoyed my time here immensely. Not all believe it was a temple, some believe it to be a tomb. 
    Great temple in a scenic setting, but very busy when we visited, I still enjoyed my time here immensely. Not all believe it was a temple, some believe it to be a tomb.  more »
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  • A bit underwhelming at first as the restored Hellenic temple is small, but the significance in the history is worth a visit (as I did on a Hyur Tour). The Roman bathhouse on the ruins ground has a lovely mosaic. Beautiful gorge surroundings.
  • Great place to collect with history. This is the only Greco-Roman Colonnade still standing in Armenia. Try to get there early since after 10 am you will see a bus load of tourists and you won’t have much tranquility. One amazing thing you can do after visiting Garni temple is that you can hike to Gerhard monastery and along the way you go through Symphony of stones and a beautiful creek that runs along and you hike up to the mountain and end up in the monastery on the other side. It will take about 2-3 hours depending on your speed. Best time to visit this area is in the autumn season where you can see the beautiful fall foliage.
  • Garni is an enjoyable place to spend some time in Armenia although most people visit primarily to see its magnificent 1st century AD temple and delightful monastery it has an overlooking hills and surrounded with mountains. Outside garni temple you will find stores That selling souvenirs and delicacies. Had fun in this trip and one of the best place to visit in Armenia.
  • The fact of having this temple in Armenia is more fascinating than the building of temple itself, lol. Interesting history, nice columns, the ceiling and some random carvings on the stone from the "uncultured" visitors (maybe from previous centuries, not sure). There is a great mountain view behind the temple, where I actually spent more time as there is nothing to do inside of the temple. Still worth visiting if you are passing by this place.
  • The only pagan temple standing in Armenia. It's specially beautiful at night time when lights outside the temple are on. Strongly recommend to visit

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