Approximate duration: 5.5h
Destinations: Garni Pagan Temple, Geghard Cave Monastery, Stone Symphony
Price includes transportation from Yerevan and the services of a guide. Does not include admission tickets: 1500AMD (3€) per person. If you wish to walk 2km, then it is possible to visit nature attraction – Stone Symphony.
Garni Pagan Temple
Garni temple was founded in 1c. as a temple to the sun god Mihr. Today it is the only pagan temple in Armenia and the unique Hellenistic structure of the region.
Geghard Cave Monastery
Geghard cave monastery was founded in 4c. by Grigory the Illuminator. However, the major part of the buildings was built in 13c. It is one of the biggest cave monasteries in the world. The well-decorated interior of cave churches makes it really human-made wonder. The old name of the monastery was Ayrivank (from “Ayr” – cave and “vank” – monastery). The word “Geghard” means spear, originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Thaddeus, and then stored in the monastery
Stone Symphony is rock looking like organ pipes. That kind of rocks could be formed during dramatic freezing of lava close to volcanoes.