Garni Temple is one of the most popular sites to visit in Armenia and is a former winner of the UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes.
According to information signs at the site, the temple dates back to the late first century and was dedicated to Mihr, the god of the sun. Over the centuries it was nearly destroyed but was restored during a decade of work during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The site is about 28 kilometers outside of Yerevan, nestled on the right bank of the Azat River at the foot of the Geghama Mountains.
The natural surroundings are gorgeous, too.