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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 »
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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.

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