The Masterpieces of Armenian Architecture
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Itinerary: Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - Yerevan
Duration: 5 hours
Garni. Garni temple which towers over a triangular cape is the unique survived example of heathen culture in Armenia. It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. King Trdat the First ordered building the temple in the first century A.D. and dedicated it to the God of Sun. After adopting Christianity in 301 the pagan temple lost its significance and the fortress of Garni became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.
Gueghard. Geghard monastery is the unsurpassable masterpiece of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of the complex are masterfully hewn in a huge rock. From the outset the complex was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance or pear), as the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ's side, was kept in this monastery for many centuries. Due to its construction Geghardavank serves the best place for singing spiritual songs. The complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones).
Sites to visit
- The Arch of Yegishe Charents on the way to Garni in Kotayk region. This arch is devoted to one of the Armenian poets of the XX century. From here one can have the best view of the biblical Mt Ararat.
- Pagan Temple of Garni with the ancient mosaic bath
- Gueghard Monastry carved in a solid rock.
|N of Pax||Prices per person (Euros)|
|1 pax||140 euros|
|2 pax||85 euros|
|3 pax||70 euros|
|4 pax||60 euros|
|5 pax||55 euros|
The price includes:
- Transportation service
- Guide service
- Entrance fees
The price excludes:
- Meals and beverages
|1||Meeting in the morning and starting the way to Garni|
|1||Visit to Geghard monastery|