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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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  • The excavation works on this site have been going on for decades now, and as a result, Garni temple had been restored beautifully! Temperatures were high today (35+ degrees centigrade) so bring a hat ...  more »
  • Pegan temple from 1st century AD.. the only surviving evidence of pegan religion in the entire caucus region before Christianity was enforced on the people of Armenia. It's a beauty and worth a visit....  more »
  • Harmonious architecture of 77 ad, grey basalt stone locally, perhaps dedicated to the cult of Mithras, which stands in the vast Esplanade that theatrical backdrop the rugged mountains of the nature reserve of Khosrov. Immediately the structure recalls the similar structure of Nîmes in Provence, but of white marble. Don't miss the view of basaltic lava flows that can be seen from the terraces around the temple and the excavations of the small baths under a horrible plexiglas roof. If you're lucky, you can attend a concert of polyphonic singing for four voices inside the cell that has exceptional acoustics. Site must in Armenia and not to be missed, not very far from Yerevan!
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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:)
  • 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.
  • A beautiful temple that is ancient and saw some great sights there! Beautiful views.

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