Garni: Almost anyone who comes to Armenia visits Garni.Garni temple is the unique survived example of heathen culture in Armenia.It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles built byKing Trdat the First.The temple of Garni itself was dedicated to the sun goddess Mythra. After adopting Christianity in 301 the pagan temple lost its significance and the fortress of Garni became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.
Geghard: The astounding Geghard monastery is situated 6 km from the temple at Garni and is revered throughout Armenia as one of the countrys greatest spiritual and cultural centers. First called Ayrivank, or the Monastery of the Caves, the history of Geghard dates back to pre-Christian times.The present buildings here date back the 10th-13th centuries, when the monastery was renamed Geghard, meaning «spear» or «lance» in Armenian.The association itself harkens back to the times of Jesus, when a spear was used by a Roman soldier to pierce the body of Christ during the Crucifixion. Due to its construction Geghardavank serves the best place for singing spiritual song. The Geghard complex is deservedly one of the most popular destinations for the locals and tourists alike.