Visit the Garni Temple
We recommend to visit the only pagan structure of Armenia, the Greco-Roman temple of Garni. The temple was built in the first century BC and was dedicated to the sun god Mihir. Because the Armenians saw the building as a tomb, it was spared during the total destruction of other pagan buildings. This is a building you want to add to the bucket list.
Unfortunately, the temple was destroyed mostly during an earthquake in 1679, but was reconstructed in 1975. The temple has been rebuilt so accurately that it has received an UNESCO award. In contrast to the many old churches and monasteries of Armenia, you have to pay a small entrance fee to visit the temple, but we still recommend a visit. The temple is unique in the former Soviet Union and built on a breathtaking location along the Azat river and the Gegham mountains.
If you have more time in Garni, you can also take a long walk in the Garni gorge. Or visit Yerevans National Art Gallery and the Opera Theatre.
Best time to visit
We recommend visiting the Garni temple from May until October. For more climate details visit our Garni climate page.
Where to stay
Yerevan is a 20 minute drive from the Garni Temple. If you are not on a budget we recommend staying at the Golden Tulip Yerevan. This hotel is majestic and absolutely fabulous. It has the best location you can imagine and they have live music every day. A real treat for yourself to stay at this hotel. On booking.com they get an average rating of 9.2 and you can book it here.