Experiencing extraterrestrial sensations does not require traveling to the planets of the solar system. You can simply stand in front of this marvelous natural creation, and instantly feel like you’re on Mars. Nature has crafted something on Earth that I believe cannot be replicated anywhere else.
This is a place called Symphony of Stones.
A brief info about Symphony of Stones
Name: Symphony of Stones aka Basalt Organ
Location: Armenia, Border of Ararat and Kotayk Provinces, Gorge of Garni
Type: Natural monument
Distance from Yerevan: 23 kilometers (30 mins by car)
Approximately 40 million years ago, the lava from the nearby mountains streamed down into the Garni Gorge, resulting in the formation of the Symphony of Stones. Images by the author of the Blog Desuden.com
The Basalt Organ, also known as the Symphony of Stones, is a stunning natural monument situated in the Garni Gorge of Armenia.
The monument is referred to as the “Basalt Organ” due to its resemblance to a pipe organ.
The monument is comprised of hexagonal and pentagonal basalt columns that formed from volcanic lava cooling and crystallizing. These columns are arranged in a semicircle and tower up to 50 meters in height. The monument is referred to as the “Basalt Organ” due to its resemblance to a pipe organ. It is a renowned tourist attraction and is widely considered to be one of the most magnificent natural marvels in Armenia.
Symphony of Stones, Garni, Armenia. The columns of the cliff are about 50 meters high and are arranged in a semicircle. (c) 2023 | When using the photos and other content from the site, kindly cite the source as Desuden.com Armenian travel blog by Vardan Papikyan.
The Symphony of Stones formed about 40 million years ago when lava from the nearby mounts flowed down into the Garni Gorge. The lava cooled and crystallized quickly, forming the hexagonal and pentagonal columns. The columns are held in place by the weight of the surrounding rock.
Gorge of Garni, Armenia
One of the most popular Insta-spots in Armenia
The Symphony of Stones in Armenia is a well-known attraction among tourists and is recognized as one of the country’s most magnificent natural wonders. It is a favored location for hiking, picnicking, and photography. Additionally, the Symphony of Stones is a sought-after venue for weddings and other noteworthy occasions.
11th-century medieval bridge in the Gorge of Garni
Travel agencies frequently include a visit to the Garni Stone Symphony in their Garni-Geghard excursion packages.
Photos by the author of the blog (c) 2023 | When using the photos and other content from the site, kindly cite the source as Desuden.com Armenian travel blog by Vardan Papikyan.