Official defends opening of cafe near pagan temple in Armenia

Official defends opening of cafe near pagan temple in Armenia

YEREVAN, December 13. / ARKA /. Vladimir  Poghosyan, head of a state non-profit organization in charge of protection of historical and cultural monuments, denied today media allegations that construction of  an outdoor café near Garni Temple  in central Kotayk region was illegal. 

The café is planned to open in the spring of 2014.

Speaking to a news conference Poghsyan said the law allows the use of the nearby territory for economic purposes. He said the owner of the café has the permission of the provincial 
administration. He also cited some experts, including archaeologists who confirmed that the cafe would not damage the historical and cultural integrity of the temple.

“The cafe will sell sandwiches, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Part of the products will be purchased from local residents,’ he said.

The Temple of Garni is a first century Hellenic temple, the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived the Christianization of the country in 301 AD. -0-

16:42 13.12.2013

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