Garni Temple Receives UNESCO Award

YEREVAN ( — Garni temple received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Melina Mercouri International Prize (UNESCO-Greece) award.

The award is handed out annually to sites, which are best preserved and safeguarded. Garni is a pagan temple complex located in the Kotayk region of Armenia, dating back to the first century, BC. In addition to Garni, the Palestinian village of Batir also received the top prize.

The award ceremony will take place on May 24 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the Armenian Foreign ministry announced.