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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 of Garni is a pagan temple that was completely renovated in the 1960s. There are still remnants of Roman baths. Enjoy the panorama and for lovers of walking you can take a trip in the valley.
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  • How many times I visit the temple of Garni, so many times admire its beauty, organicity, appropriateness in the surrounding landscape! An unambiguous place of power, where it is easy to imagine the step of the ages, to feel the beating of life, to hear the whispers of history. One of the most beautiful and impressive places in Armenia (we just have to wait for other tourists not to interfere to enjoy the amazing peace of the temple and the gorge). Good at any time of the year. Especially beautiful and photogenic at sunset. All the information about the temple, construction, history and restoration is in several languages on special plates for tourists, so here to duplicate the point do not see. Go yourself, I highly recommend!
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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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