Wellington and the Temple of Garni

by Troy

I thought I would share a discovery I made recently about Wellington Church with you, as I think you may be interested.

Much has been said in the past about Thomas Lennox Watson’s design being loosely based on a Greek temple design but perhaps Watson had a specific Temple in mind.

I can’t get over how similar Wellington Church is to the Temple Of Garni in Armenia!

It turns out that Wellington was being built at the same time -1883-84 – as plans were being drawn to rebuild the Temple at Garni as it had been levelled during an earthquake 200 years earlier….so it would be known in architectural circles throughout the world, and I think our church in Glasgow is paying homage to it. The Temple of Garni is a classical Hellenistic temple in Garni, Armenia. It is perhaps the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia. It is the only standing Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union.  It would not surprise me if the perimeter dimensions turn out to be the same as Wellington or a fraction thereof.  Wellington church’s hall building is relatively bigger by comparison and extends to encompass a section of the pillars.