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Temple of Garni

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HISTORY

It is a classic Hellenic temple, the only Greco-Roman colonnade still existing in the current Armenian territory and is also the best known symbol of the pre-Christian era in Armenia. It was probably built in Ionian style, during the reign of Tiridates I in the first century BC, as a temple dedicated to the sun god Mir. With the conversion of Armenia into a Christian nation in the early fourth century, it was transformed into the summer home of Khosrovidukht, sister of King Tyridates III.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

An exceptionally original destination due to its historical and geographical characteristics, not to mention the surrounding mountainous landscape, which is already a spectacle in itself.

CURIOSITIES

According to some scholars, however, the site may never have been a temple, but a tomb, which is why it would have survived the universal wave of destruction of pagan temples. Even so, it was practically reduced to ruins by an earthquake in 1679. Rebuilt in the 19th century, between 1969 and 1975, it ended up becoming one of the main tourist attractions in Armenia and one of the central sanctuaries of Armenian Neopaganism.

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