Garni Temple is Armenia's most important spiritual site and most visited site by tourists. During the half-day tour you will visit Garni Temple and Gehgard Monastery, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Garni Temple is the most significant structure in Armenia from the pre-Christian period and has become a symbol of this era.Furthermore, it is the sole standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union. It became a tourist destination even before its reconstruction in the 1970s. Today, it is, along with the nearby medieval monastery of Geghard, one of the main tourist attraction sites in Armenia.Most people visiting Garni also visit Geghard. The two sites are often collectively known as Garni-Geghard
There are several legends for Garni Temple: according to legends You may notice that the scales of the temple are too high. It has a explanation. According to a lore in the past Armenians used to be titans, they were too tall and their feet were long, that’s why scales are so high. They were built for their sizes.
Geghard Monastery is the masterpiece of the 13th century Armenian architecture. At fist the monastery was called Ayrivank, but later it was renamed Geghard, as the lance used by Roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ. Monastery is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The monastery of Geghard contains a number of churches and tombs, most of them cut into the rock, which illustrate the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture. The complex of medieval buildings is set into a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by towering cliffs at the entrance to the Azat Valley.
The Geghard complex is an exceptionally complete and well preserved example of a medieval monastic foundation in a remote area of great natural beauty. There have been no changes on the components of the inscribed property since the time of inscription. In addition, the property is surrounded by a substantial buffer zone, established in 1986, within which there are strict controls over any form of development and change.
Sevan Lake is the fascination and the pearl of mountainous Armenia, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. It is about 1900 m above sea level. The lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded with mountains of 3000 m and higer. The beautiful landscape and the crystal water serve nice preconditions for excellent rest.
Sevanavank is a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia, not far from the town of Sevan. Initially the monastery was built at the southern shore of a small island. After the artificial draining of Lake Sevan, which started in the era of Joseph Stalin, the water level fell about 20 metres, and the island transformed into a peninsula.
Lake Sevan with its picturesque landscapes is a well-developed tourist location,.Sevanavank is one of the most visited tourism sights in Armenia.