While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave.
Armenian King Tigran the Great
Under his reign, the Armenian kingdom expanded beyond its traditional boundaries, allowing Tigranes to claim the title Great King.
Holy Mount Ararat
Ararat - is Holy Biblical mountain, on which at the time of the Flood Noah's Ark stopped. The name “Ararat” was first mentioned in VII age BC in the Bible. The name of “Urartu” (Ararat) Kingdom is also from here.
According to historical sources, the Armenians have been planting apricots for almost three thousand years. Apricot stones found in the debris of the temple at Garni prove it.
The first literary testimony to the existence of a fortress on the spur crowning the site of Garni comes from the Roman historian Tacitus and dates from the middle of the 1st century AD.
It is notable for Haghpat Monastery, a religious complex founded in the 10th century and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List along with monasteries in nearby Sanahin. The monastery is an outstanding and magnificent example of medieval Armenia.
Haghpat It is notable for Haghpat Monastery, a religious complex founded in the 10th century and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List along with monasteries in nearby Sanahin.
Armenian Dance and Music
Armenian music and dance can never be confused with any other. Armenian music instruments preserved since the early Middle Ages