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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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  • The temple was built in the first century ad, destroyed by an earthquake and restored today. The quality and result of the reconstruction is amazing. A touch of history is felt here at every step. One...  more »
  • but still good to visit for its reconstruction has been in keeping with its original design. There’s the royal palace baths and mosaic wall to see.  more »
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  • This is one of the beautiful and wonderful places on the Earth. Visit Armenia and see this wonder with your own eyes.
  • The only ancient Pagan temple in Armenia. It is so well preserved and beautiful. The best way to see it is to take a tour.
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