Temple of Garni
The temple of Garni is one of the most significant architectural sights in Armenia. This is a pagan temple, dedicated to Mihr – the god of Sun, heavenly light and justice. It’s situated in 28 k from the capital of Armenia, near the Garni Village, on a triangular cliff, rising above the Azat River gorge.
The only memorial in Armenia, which remained from the era of paganism, the temple of Garni, was built in the second half of the first century AD by the Armenian Arsacid king Tiridates I and was dedicated to the sun god Mihr, whose figure was standing in the depths of the sanctuary. The fortress of Garni is one of the clearest evidences of the centuries-old culture of pre-Christian Armenia. Its construction began in the II century BC and continued during ancient times and, partly, in the Middle Ages.