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.
Tours to Garni Temple
Group Tour: Garni Temple, Geghard, and Lavash Baking from Yerevan BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $15
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Day Trip to Garni,Gegard and Lake Sevan BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $59
Duration: 7 hours
Garni Temple reviews
The grounds and surrounding area are nice but the fees and temple are pretty disappointing. This temple is only about 5% authentic and its a bad Soviet reconstruction. The original temple collapsed... more »
A hike to this temple from Garni HinYard took about 20 minutes with the kids. We had a great time walking around the area and inside the temple itself. There were banners with descriptions on the... more »
Most beautiful scenic place, as we went in a rainy day, the whole walkway flooring towards the temple was wet and reflective, which made the best. Small but huge. Amazing architecture. Best for photography... Such a peaceful place and do not miss.
I went here last winter and i enjoy it a lot . My parents was also with me and we roam around this historical place . Its nice also if people will know its history and all in the google. Its really interesting
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