Garni and Geghard

Garni is a Roman Mithraic temple built in 76 AD, and the summer residence of Armenian kings. Geghard is an amazing monastery carved into the side of a mountain, and said to have housed the spear that pierced Jesus’ side. They are 10 minutes apart. Whether you’re a pagan, Christian, or … well, pagan, this is a win/win excursion for everyone, and only 40 min from Yerevan.

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9 steps to the heavenly plane

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Always the problem when you bring toddlers to the temple
Always the problem when you bring toddlers to the temple

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Playing "palace" in the palace.
Playing “palace” in the palace.
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The builders’ inscription outside of the baths says “We worked, and we were not paid.” No wonder the Soviets wanted to restore this site!
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A temple to the Zoroastrian sun god Mihr (Mithra). Later Roman mystery cults of Mithra were all underground. (San Clemente in Rome)
Fruit leather and nuts - the Armenian "snickers"
Fruit leather and nuts – the Armenian “snickers”

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Entire rooms carved into rock.
Entire rooms carved into rock.

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The most beautiful art made in honour of the divine.
The most beautiful art made in honour of the divine.
Cells carved into the rock for fasting and praying.
Cells carved into the rock for fasting and praying.

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Country restaurant on the cliffs
Country restaurant on the cliffs
Organ pipe rock formations in the river gorge
Organ pipe rock formations in the river gorge
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View from Garni
Back again for a school trip!
Back again for a school trip!
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