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Symphony of Stones

By Linda Tancs

The well-preserved basalt columns resembling organ pipes at Garni Gorge in Armenia give rise to the moniker “symphony of stones.” A masterpiece of nature to be sure, but that’s only part of the area’s allure. Another popular feature along the gorge is Garni Temple, Armenia’s only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building dating from the first century, a masterpiece of man constructed of grey basalt like its natural cousin. Allegedly funded by Roman Emperor Nero, the site was used for worship of Greek gods until the country adopted Christianity in the fourth century.


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