The Temple of Garni  – a classical Hellenistic temple in Garni village. It is perhaps the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia.  Used to be a favorite place of Armenian kings. The beauty of the temple seems unreal. It occupies the triangular cape dominating the deep canyon, enveloped by the river Azat from two sides. The gorge is remarkable for its amazing slopes, known as “Symphony of Stones”.

 In the village of Garni, we will be hosted by local residents to see how real Armenian lavash is baked. And, of course, we will not get out of there without testing freshly baked lavash.

St. Geghard (12th – 13th centuries) – meaning “the Monastery of the Holly Lance”, originates from the Lance which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion. The monastery is partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. The spectacular towering cliffs surrounding the monastery are part of the Azat River gorge, and included together with the monastery in the World Heritage Site listing. Some of the churches within the monastery complex are entirely dug out of the cliff rocks, others are little more than caves, while others are elaborate structures, with both architecturally complex walled sections and rooms deep inside the cliff.  There is a cold spring that beats from the rock in one of the caves of the temple, which to this day is an object of worship. It is believed that his holy water heals from diseases, rejuvenates, and gives beauty.


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