On mom's last weekend, we travelled to Garni and Gerghard to see two very, very old buildings. Garni was originally a pagan temple, but for some reason was the only one spared destruction when Armenia became a Christian nation in 301. Garni then became a summer residence for Armenian royalty; it is surrounded on three sides by 5000 meter cliffs and the scenery is spectacular. Gerhard is a monastary carved into a cliff. The Armenian Apostolic priests were conducting services when we were there. They sang beautifully and filled the church with incense. We also saw some animals - they still bring them as sacrifices. Luckily we missed that part. I am only posting pictures of Garni; the camera battery died.