Garni village is in the Kotayk Province of Armenia, situated approximately 28 km southeast from Yerevan. The village is small, the population of 7,415 people.
The village of Garni has been inhabited almost continuously since the 3rd millennium BC, with intermittent plundering earthquakes. The current population derives from the Persian district of Maku, in an exchange of populations in 1829-30 following the Russo-Persian treaty of Turkmanchay.
The Garni Temple is an impressive looking Greco-Roman temple complex probably built in the 1st century AD by King Tiridates I of Armenia with the support of the Roman Emperor Nero.
Likely dedicated to the ancient deity Mithras, the Garni Temple is the complex hosts a number of buildings including a royal palace, Roman baths, and a 9th Century church.
Destroyed by an earthquake in 1679, the Garni Temple was partially reconstructed in the 1970s and is now made up of both original and replacement masonry.
There was the summer palace for the imperial family at that time, and the church was built there.
Only the basic parts of the huge buildings are left over now.