Garni Temple in Armenia



The Temple of Garni is one of the oldest sights in Armenia worth to be seen once in a lifetime. As you stand beside it and look around, you see a whole band where the sweet and relieving sounds of symphonic metal seem to be played and to make you relax and enjoy
the entire beauty opening in front of you with the temple and the violin mountain being in the center of attention.


Located in Garni Village, a major village in the Kotayk Province of Armenia.

About Garni Temple

  • This temple is perhaps the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia.It is the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union. The temple of Garni itself was dedicated to the sun goddess Mythra. Armenians shared Zoroastrian entities with Persia (and by the time of Garni Temple, with the Eastern Roman empire, which had adopted Mythra as a patron goddess), and worshipped fire as an ultimate gift from the gods, an entity in itself.
  • The temple follows the style of classical Ancient Greek architecture which began developing in the seventh century BC.
  • Garni was designed according to the sacred geometry of the day: It perfectly follows the Pythagorean and Platonic theories of sacred geometry in its design, a design for civilization carved form the wilderness.
  • On a mountain trail between Lake Sevan and the fertile Ararat Valley, 7000 years of history wound its way through the Goghi and Azat River canyons below Garni and left indelible prints on the stone walls. Prints that can only be seen–just as Garni is best seen– from inside the canyon walls.
  • Violin mountain is the center of attention there, as soon as you get notice of the violin mountain you will feel the heart-soothing sounds of violin accompanying your symphonic metal music. It’s a state of soul and everyone might interpret it in their own way, but this is how most will do.

Best Time to Visit

You should plan your trip here between September and October – it’s autumn then – and most people will tell you it is the most beautiful season in the country. The weather is good – waning days of the summer sun when the warmth is mild and clear, crisp nights.

About Garni

If you are planning a Travel to Armenia then visit Garni Village is worth. Garni is notable not only due to ancient temple there but also for fortress complex, Surb Astvatsatsin Church, Mashtots Hayrapet Church, a ruined 4th-century single-aisle church, a ruined Tukh Manuk Shrine, Saint Sargis Shrine, and a Queen Katranide Shrine. Nearby is the Garni Gorge with well preserved basalt columns, carved out by the Goght River. This portion of the gorge is typically referred to as the “Symphony of the Stones”. It is most easily reached via a road that leads left down the gorge just before reaching the temple of Garni.


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