Garni, Geghard, Sevan and Haghartzin
Duration: 9 hours
Armenia is a country rich for its sightseeings. To see all the treasures, one week is not enough, but even in this one-day tour to Garni, Geghard Lake Sevan and Diljan it is possible to touch the placer of diamonds stretching from Yerevan to the north-east of the country. You will have an opportunity to visit not only the monuments of the medieval architecture of Armenia but also the main pearl of the land – the mountain Lake Sevan.
The first milestone is Garni. Garni is one of the major villages in Armenia. It is famous for the fortress of Garni. The fortress is the only pagan sacred place from the 1st century that survived aggressive introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. It was dedicated to Mihr, the God of the sun.
This is the only Greco-Roman style temple with 24 ionic columns as in Armenia, so on the territory of the former USSR. A disastrous 1679 earthquake destroyed the temple. It was reconstructed in 20th century.
The monastery complex Geghard (means a spear in Armenian) is an outstanding medieval architecture that reached us remarkably well- preserved. The beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into rocks reflects and explains Medieval Ages development throughout the region. The complex was introduced to the history in the 4th century as a sacred spring inside a cave. Today it is included into the list of UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
A picturesque trip to the Lake Sevan starts from Yerevan.A short stop at the Lake Sevan to enjoy “The Jewel of Armenia” or the “Geghama Sea” which is one of the largest high-mountainous fresh water lakes in the world.
The next milestone is Dilijan, the most famous tourist spot where you will see the monastery complex of Haghartsin.
Haghartsin is a monastery, construction of which took three centuries (10-13 c.c.). The place was famous for eagle games as reflected in its name - "Hagh" means a game while "Artsin" a form of "Artsiv" means eagle in Armenian Drive back to Yerevan.
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