The temple of Garni with its 24 columns

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Garni

Region: Kotayk Province

Garni is located about 30 km east of the centre of Yerevan. The small town with its famous «Temple of Garni» and the nearby Geghard Monastery is perfect for a day trip from the capital.

The main attraction of Garni is the Hellenistic Mithras Temple with its 24 Ionic columns, which dates back to the 1st century. The temple was built by King Tiridates I, who did so in Garni, because the place had served the kings as a summer residence at that time. The original temple of Garni was destroyed by an earthquake in 1679. It took almost 300 years until it was rebuilt in 1966 with the original material. Also worth seeing is the Geghard Monastery (part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site), located about 10 km east of Garni.

The «Symphony of Stones» in the Garni Gorge

Also worth a visit is the gorge of Garni, whose entrance is only 2 kilometres from the temple and can easily be reached on foot. In the gorge you can admire bizarre rock formations, including basalt columns that the river has carved out of the mountains. This landscape is also known as the «Symphony of Stones».

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How to get to Garni

Garni in Armenia by car

By car

Garni is located about 30 km east of Yerevan and can be reached by car from the city centre in 45 to 50 minutes.

Garni in Armenia by minibus

By minibus

From Yerevan you can get to Garni by Marschrutka for 250 AMD. The minibuses are waiting in the car park next to the Mercedes Benz showroom on Gai Avenue and leave for Garni every 30 minutes.

Garni in Armenia by plane

By plane

From the airport Yerevan, which is located west of the city, the journey to Garni takes 1h 15min. In heavy traffic it takes longer, because the most direct way leads through the city.

Garni in Armenia by train

By train

There is no train connection to Garni. For 8'000 to 15'000 AMD (17 to 31 USD) you can get a taxi in Yerevan to take you to Garni and back.

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Impressions from Garni

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