Day trip to the Pagan temple, Geghard and Arch of Charents.
Visit to the only pagan temple of Garni, built in the 1st c. with Armenian king Trdat.The structure was probably built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD as a temple to the sun god Mihr. After Armenia's conversion to Christianity in the early fourth century, it was converted into a royal summer house of Khosrovidukht, the sister of Tiridates III. Gegard - “Ayrivank” (“cave monastery”, the more complete name is Gegardavank, literally - “spear monastery”.)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. The monastery had thus been originally named Ayrivank (Այրիվանք), meaning "the Monastery of the Cave". The name commonly used for the monastery today, Geghard, or more fully Geghardavank (Գեղարդավանք), meaning "the Monastery of the Spear", originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude, called here Thaddeus, and stored amongst many other relics. Now it is displayed in the Echmiadzintreasury. Arch of Charents. From there opens a beautiful view of Mount Ararat