The Temple of Garni
12 Aug, 2014 | From Ani of Armenia
The Temple of Garni is a first century Hellenic temple near Garni, Armenia. It is the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived the Christianization of the country in the early 4th century. It is also the only "Greco-Roman colonnaded building" in Armenia and the entire former Soviet Union.
One of the world's oldest civilizations, Armenia once included Mount Ararat, which biblical tradition identifies as the mountain that Noah's ark rested on after the flood. It was the first country in the world to officially embrace Christianity as its religion (c. A.D. 300).