Garni

Temple Garni is one of Armenia's ancient cultural and religious monuments. It is located on the central part of ancient area of Garni fortress with the neighborhood of village Garni on the right bank of the river Azat.
It was founded in the middle of the 1st century. It is believed that it was dedicated to the sun god Mihr. An ox hoof carved from the marble was found near the temple, which belonged to the pagan idol destroyed during the period of Christianity spreading.
After the adoption of Christianity it ceased to function as a temple and served as the royal family's summer resort.
The temple is built of basalt, in Greco-Roman style of architecture, is fully incorporated into 24 columns. in the front parts 6, and the side portions of the 8. The columns are topped with carvings depicting grape leaves, pomegranates, ancient Armenian trimmings.
The temple was destroyed by an earthquake in 1679 year and then was restored in 1970.
Today Garni temple is the most visited sight in Armenia.

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