Garni Pagan Temple

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Garrni, Armenia
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The Garni Temple, situated on the road to Geghard, is the only surviving monument during Hellenistic Armenia.  It was first built within a fortress in the 3rd century BC, though the actual temple was constructed in the 1st century AD atop a roughly triangular plateau that juts out over a deep canyon.  The temple's location ensures that it is well protected and is surrounded by a deep valley and tall cliffs. The temple has been rebuilt many times throughout history due to damage from various earthquakes.  The temple is built with basalt stone, and decorated with intricate stone carvings, and features a series of ionic columns.

Other buildings near the temple include Roman style baths and storage houses.
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Oct 10, 2008
The town of Garni lies about 30 km east of Yerevan. The Garni temple is located on a cliff point overlooking the gorge below. The Greek classic style temple looks to be in great shape as it was restored not too long ago. There were dozens of other tourists here, all of them Armenian. Our next stop was at the Geghard monastery, an incredible place which consists of a church partially carved into the mountainside. It is allegedly the former resting place of the Holy Lance (which is now in Echmiadzin cathedral). Behind the church there were several bushes with strips of cloth tied to them. This seems to be a common custom in the Caucasus, similar to Buddhist prayer flags. It may indeed have been brought with the Mongols, which had been through this area in the 1200s.
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Aug 4, 2009
Gorgeous monument,a temple from Hellinistic times. It's in a way a kind of Acropolis in a miniature. Also Geghard Monastery is absolutely amazing. Probably one of the most interesting places if you visit Armenia, along with many beautiful ancient churches.
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Sep 22, 2009
There is currently (September 2009) no hotel in Garni (the one described in several guidebooks is closed), but: if you bring your own tent and ask politely, the guards of the temple might allow you to spent the night in the temple area.
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