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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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  • Stunningly beautiful and monumental buildings! On the way there in Garni Charents Arch, where a beautiful view of Mount Ararat, after the need to arrive at the Garni, which is under UNESCO protection, admire the beautiful gorge and, of course, a pagan temple. Say, if you go down when the weather is nice, there is an incredible place called Symphony of stones (us failed due to snow). And then go to Gegarda (Gerard or Gekhard), go there be sure to listen to the echoes of Gegarda and wash the Holy healing water. All seats are required to attend. You can afford half a day by car. But the main thing-good cloudless weather to see Ararat!
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  • We went there on a monday , we really enjoyed the place ! Took great pictures and our tour guide explained everything and its amazing.  more »
  • An ancient temple on the territory of the Republic is reminiscent of ancient times. A very interesting excursion. Clean air. Beautiful mountains and green grass and softening effect on the nervous system.
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  • The Temple of Garni is one of the oldest sights in Armenia worth to be seen once in a lifetime. As you stand beside it and look around, you see a whole band where the sweet and relieving sounds of symphonic metal seem to be played and to make you relax and enjoy the entire beauty opening in front of you with the temple and the violin mountain being in the center of attention.
  • The Temple of Garni is very beautiful place. We visit it during winter. A lot of snow makes it look magical - kinda Greek temple in fool of snow mountains. It worse to see it.
  • 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
  • My cradle! I got married here. Most tour guides will tell you this is a Greco-Roman temple, which in fact is wrong! This type of temple was firstly built in the upper Mesopotamia, and it was known as Musasir Temple, in city of Ardini, Kingdom of Biaynili (Urartu). The Musasir temple, built in 825 BC, was an important temple in Musasir, the holy city of Biayna (Urartu). The Temple at Musasir appears in an Assyrian bas-relief which adorned the palace of King Sargon II at Khorsabad, to commemorate his victory over "the seven kings of Urartu" in 714 BC.
  • Beautiful, and the surrounding land as well. The people selling items around the temple sold some great fruit. Would definitely recommend.

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