Garni Pagan Temple

Local nameԳառնիի հեթանոսական տաճար
LocationKotayk Province, Armenia

The Temple of Garni is the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union. Built in the Ionic order in the village of Garni, Armenia, it is the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia.

The structure was probably built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD as a temple to the sun god Mihr. After Armenia's conversion to Christianity in the early fourth century, it was converted into a royal summer house of Khosrovidukht, the sister of Tiridates III. According to some scholars it was not a temple but a tomb and thus survived the destruction of pagan structures. It collapsed in a 1679 earthquake. Renewed interest in the 19th century led to excavations at the site in early and mid-20th century, and its eventual reconstruction between 1969 and 1975, using the anastylosis method. It is one of the main tourist attractions in Armenia and the central shrine of Armenian neopaganism.

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Small Group Day Trip from Yerevan to Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery and Baking Demonstration from 19 USD

Opening hours

Summer season: 10 am - 9 pm
Winter season: 10 am - 5 pm

Admission

Adults (citizens): 250 AMD
Foreigners: 1000 AMD
Children: 100 AMD

More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garni_Temple

Official website http://www.armenianheritage.org/en/monument/Garni

Address Armenia

Coordinates 40°6'44.614" N 44°43'48.155" E

Tours and activities: Garni Pagan Temple

Small Group Day Trip from Yerevan to Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery and Baking Demonstration

from 19 USD

Day Trip to Garni,Gegard and Lake Sevan

from 59 USD

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