Garni Temple
Garni Temple
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Temple of Garni The Temple of Garni is a classical Hellenistic temple in Garni, Armenia. It is perhaps the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia.The temple was dedicated to Mythra, a deity popular in the Near East which became the patron goddess of the Roman Empire in the period before Christianity.Monastery of Geghard is a medieval monastery in the Kotayk province
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  • Kritsana P
    Rayong, Thailand901 contributions
    Must visit
    It’s one of the best historical place persevered by the Armenia Goverment. There is the entrance fee and parking fee. It's not too expensive. The temple is Greek style. It's perfect. Surrounding with the beautiful view and mountain.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia6,463 contributions
    Greco Roman remnant
    Although nearly totally reconstructed from the rubble that it was, Garni still represents the most important monument of pre-Christian Armenia. It very clearly is Greco Roman, of which nothing much else remains in Armenia. The temple's location is sensational : sitting on a cliff, overlooking the ravine of the Azat River and the Gegham mountains - so the views are panoramic. Look down into the valley towards the Symphony of Stones/ Basaltic Organ ! The temple itself only takes half an hour to explore, but the site has some other interesting sights : stone with Greek inscription, stone associated with king Tiridates, Roman bathhouse with remnants of nice mosaic floor.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 12, 2023
  • Stelios G
    Larnaca, Cyprus192 contributions
    Garni temple
    We visited Garni temple during a private day tour we booked via Jan Armenia. Entrance tickets were only 750 Armenian Dram for per adult, included in the amount we paid for the private day tour. Entrance to the site was free for our five year old daughter. Garni is a Greco-Roman temple, the last standing pre-Christian monument in Armenia. The environment around the temple is amazing. There are panoramic views of the Garni gorge, Azat River and Gegham mountains. It didn't take long to see the interior of the temple and its surroundings, however, there were many great spots around the temple to take photos, so we took our time after we were done looking around. I consider this historic site to be one of the must visits during a holiday in Armenia. It is a relatively short ride from Yerevan, so young children will be able to tolerate the ride. Due to its close proximity to the Symphony of Stones and the Geghard Monastery, it should be combined with the other two attractions which are also must visits.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 22, 2023
  • Tripper
    Yerevan, Armenia1 contribution
    Суперское место
    Красивая архитектура Армении и храма Гарни просто ошеломляет. The temple stands on the hill surrounded with vineyards surrounded with beautiful mountain gorge from three sides. From there you will see the huge Ararat Valley with white tops of the Ararat, the fantastic Azat river gorge and pink rocky spurs of the Geghama Ridge.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 14, 2024
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Areg G
Yerevan, Armenia39 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
As Armenian who is living in Yerevan, I visited Garni more than 100 times, but still while my visit I’m finding new things in this temple cause it’s truly magical, sadly our Armenian pre-Christian temples were destroyed because of Christianity, but this one survived because it was king’s sister’s favourite location.
Written January 3, 2024
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Stelios G
Larnaca, Cyprus192 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We visited Garni temple during a private day tour we booked via Jan Armenia.

Entrance tickets were only 750 Armenian Dram for per adult, included in the amount we paid for the private day tour. Entrance to the site was free for our five year old daughter.

Garni is a Greco-Roman temple, the last standing pre-Christian monument in Armenia. The environment around the temple is amazing. There are panoramic views of the Garni gorge, Azat River and Gegham mountains. It didn't take long to see the interior of the temple and its surroundings, however, there were many great spots around the temple to take photos, so we took our time after we were done looking around.

I consider this historic site to be one of the must visits during a holiday in Armenia. It is a relatively short ride from Yerevan, so young children will be able to tolerate the ride. Due to its close proximity to the Symphony of Stones and the Geghard Monastery, it should be combined with the other two attractions which are also must visits.
Written November 22, 2023
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia6,463 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Although nearly totally reconstructed from the rubble that it was, Garni still represents the most important monument of pre-Christian Armenia. It very clearly is Greco Roman, of which nothing much else remains in Armenia. The temple's location is sensational : sitting on a cliff, overlooking the ravine of the Azat River and the Gegham mountains - so the views are panoramic. Look down into the valley towards the Symphony of Stones/ Basaltic Organ !
The temple itself only takes half an hour to explore, but the site has some other interesting sights : stone with Greek inscription, stone associated with king Tiridates, Roman bathhouse with remnants of nice mosaic floor.
Written November 12, 2023
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Edgar K
London, UK192 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Garni Temple is historic sight in Armenia and the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia. The structure was probably built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD as a temple to the sun god Mihr.
Written August 24, 2023
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Kritsana P
Rayong, Thailand901 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
It’s one of the best historical place persevered by the Armenia Goverment.
There is the entrance fee and parking fee.
It's not too expensive.

The temple is Greek style. It's perfect.
Surrounding with the beautiful view and mountain.
Written July 22, 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is one of the main attractions during our Group Tour. We started visiting first the remains of the small Bath House before proceeding to this temple. This is the only remaining Pagan Temple in the area per our Tour Guide.Noticeable inside are the different colors of bricks used to build it. The old, greyish ones are the originals, the other newish ones were used during the restoration process.

Tip: Take its pictures from various angles such as further away from the other visitors posing for photos.
Written June 16, 2023
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Julianna G
6 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Thank you OneWayTour for the great experience!
The guide made (Egor) an excellent impression and very interestingly told about the history of Armenia in detail. The wonderful views of antiqued temples and landscapes gave me inspiration and i want to return again.
Written May 23, 2023
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Maria K
2 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
he Geghard monastery was definitely a highlight of the trip, and it's wonderful that you were satisfied after the Lavash baking experience even though it wasn't advertised as lunch. Overall, it sounds like a fantastic experience!
Written April 15, 2023
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Captain_Rob_D
Calgary, Canada4,567 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Beautiful Roman temple reconstructed in 1900s USSR Armenian republic after earthquake destroyed it in 1600s. Overlooked by snow-capped mountains, it's a must see stop if in Yerevan. 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 Hetanism (Armenian neopaganism). Highly recommended. Our tour car with visit to Geghard monastery as well cost 25000 AMD.
Written February 25, 2023
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,867 contributions
Sep 2022
It's just like a Greek Temple. We were told it's from the pagan era in Armenia. There's a little museum on site and also a building over more ruins.

There are views too down the Garni valley where the basalt rock formations are.
Written October 13, 2022
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