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Garni and Geghard

Duration: 5 hours (~90 km, 2 hours on road)

A day tour around Yerevan to the most unusual monuments of Armenia. You will see the ancient complex of Garni, which is closely connected with the traditions of the Roman Empire. You will also visit the temple of Geghard, which is famous for its stone cladding and bas-reliefs. A tour of Garni and Geghard, which will last several hours, will take you to the past.

Tour route :

First place - Garni. Garni is one of the largest villages in Armenia. It is famous for the fortress of Garni. The fortress is the only pagan sacred place that survived the introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. He was dedicated to Mihr, the sun god.

This is the only Greco-Roman temple with 24 ionic columns, both in Armenia and in the territory of the former USSR. The devastating earthquake of 1679 destroyed the temple. It was reconstructed in the 20th century.

The Geghard monastery complex (in Armenian - spear) is an outstanding medieval architecture that has come down to us well preserved. Geghard's beautiful landscape is surrounded by high cliffs. Decorative art carved in the rocks reflects and explains the development of the Middle Ages throughout the region. The complex was entered into history in the 4th century as a sacred source inside the cave. Today it is included in the UNESCO list as a World Heritage Site. Return to Yerevan.