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Garni Temple

Situated around 20 miles (32 km) from the capital of Yerevan, the Greco-Roman Garni Temple is a popular tourist attraction putting Garni on the map. This 2,000-year-old building was constructed out of basalt and was the summer residence of the Armenian Kings and features several constructions including a two-storey royal summer palace, a bath complex, a church, a cemetery and a Greco-Roman temple built in the Ionic style.

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Address

Garni

Language

Armenian is the official language, and it has its own alphabet. Russian is widely spoken and English is becoming more prominent.

Money

The official currency of Armenia is the Dram (AMD), which is divided into 100 lumas. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks as well as many hotels, with US dollars the most widely recognised and easily changed, although notes should be in good condition. Credit cards are not widely accepted other than in some large hotels and restaurants. Travellers cheques should be in US dollars to avoid additional charges and there are few ATMs in Yerevan, including HSBC. It is advisable to carry plenty of small change in local currency as shops and markets will often not have change.

Time

Local time in Armenia is GMT +4.

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