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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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  • In the middle of a rural area, we see a beautiful Greek temple of Garni. The villagers used parts of temple in building their homes. Archaeologists convinced them to give up parts in the restoration. ...  more »
  • We visited the temple, which originated from the pagan era, and the only one who survived from the time they demolished all the temples. A monastery was erected on the temple and in 1679 it was destroyed in an earthquake, which opened the area. Rebuilt in 1975 by the Soviet Union in the period in which the USSR ruled Armenia. The place is very impressive, many tourists visit the place, where there is a small market for local-character restaurants, such as those in which they bake for Avash, which is the local labelpa. Beautiful and worth a visit
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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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