What remains of Armenia’s pagan past. Garni Temple, a significant symbol of the pre-Christian era, is an integral part of Armenia and one of the most popular tourist attractions.
Garni Temple, a significant symbol of the pre-Christian era, is an integral part of Armenia and one of the most popular tourist attractions in our country. It is the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union. The pagan temple of Garni was built in the 2nd half of the 1st century during the reconstruction of the fortress (77 AD).
Destroyed by an earthquake in the late seventeenth century, Garni Temple was extensively restored in the 1970s. The parts, fragments of graceful columns and wall stones were spread all around the temple.
It is believed that the temple was dedicated to Mitra, the God of Sun. As a symbol of light and truth–Mitra was often illustrated in duel with a bull (darkness).