After our breath-taking view of the Ararat mountain from the Charents Arc, we headed off to Garni Temple which is of very close proximity. It is located within Garni Village at the Kotayk province of Armenia.
1. The temple says a lot about Armenia’s pre-christian era.
Millions of tourists are visiting Garni Temple every year. Not because it is a remembrance of its Hellenistic history nor it is a keepsake of paganism worship to the sun god mithra. Most visitors are only attracted to its artistic designs plus the fact that it is an ancient historical site.
2. Rare finds and souvenirs are available.
Outside the entrance were wolf skins being sold by the villagers. So if you are a designer, you might just want to drop by and hit two birds in one stone: getting all the skins you need while enjoying a beautiful day’s trip.
3. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage.
Being the only surviving pagan temple after the adoption of Christianity as the country’s official religion in 301 AD, the temple remained on the list of UNESCO as one of the world’s heritages.
4. It is a good place to sit and relax over nature’s bounty.
The temple sits at the edge of a cliff on a remote mountainous area of the Garni Village. Its scenic and panoramic view is mind-blowing and soul-refreshing. It was one of our good escapes from the noise of the city. We loved it when those careless whispers of the wind brought sweet tingles to our senses.
5. Meeting new people in new places creates new friendships.
Having fun with new found friends is remarkably awesome! Attractions as beautiful as this could be a home to meeting new faces. Who would have possibly thought that we could actually gain from sharing a package tour?
6. Garni Temple is a hot spot for photography.
We politely asked a local to take a photo of us, from atop, when we were standing at the base of the temple. The result is too lovely not to share. One can see the magnificent frontground of the Garni Temple.
7. It is wise to ticked off loads from your bucket list.
It is no coincidence why God brought us here. A lot of reasons and purposes surely exists! Also, getting around as many places as possible, the better. We are only visiting one country at a time so it is best to make the most out of our limited time.