Akhtala Monastery, Akhtala

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Admire exquisite frescoes depicting scenes from life the of the Holy Mother of God at Akhtala Monastery, a 10th-century fortified Armenian monastery perched on a hilltop by the north bank of the Debed River. Currently inactive and partially ruined on the outside, the monastery complex features some intricate stone carvings and elaborately designed facades, with giant crosses decorating the walls of the well-preserved Holy Mother of God Church. The complex stands out as a true masterpiece of Armenian stonemasonry, with some of the best-preserved murals in the country. You can take a guided tour around the site in one of three languages. Take a look at our Akhtala planner to schedule your visit to Akhtala Monastery and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • September 28, 2017
    Find a church where the frescoes are kept is a rarity, here not only are present and discreetly maintained but are also well executed. The frescoes of Byzantine origin are on every wall arches and niches including. The Church is dedicated to the Holy Mother of God, Surp Astvatsatsin, and next to the body of the Church in the shape of a cross covered with domes there is a chapel devoted to the principles Zakarian. Also in the complex there is also a church with a single nave and the ruins of refetorio, well distinguishable, and cells. On all stands the Tower of the main door. Children for 50 DAM sell rocks of pyrite
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  • September 21, 2017
    The monastery dating from C13th is well worth visiting. There are very good views from it. It contains the most beautiful & well preserved frescoes. The colours are lovely.  more »
  • August 27, 2017
    This is a very untypical monastery for Armenia, for one it's neither neglected nor renovated to death. The interior is filled with frescoes, and it's the only monastery in Armenia where we saw any (we...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    Very nice church. Impressive cliffside building ruins.
  • July 24, 2016
    I am not really sure if this church is Armenian or Georgian. But for me, I do not care about its origins! Both of the nations have made beautiful places like this. The church is great! It is, indeed, one of the greatest churches in Lori region. The murals inside the church are fascinating! The wall that surrounds the church is impressive. If you are travelling to the northern parts of Lori or if you are going to Georgia, you must check this place! There are also some legends about the church. The priest is eager to tell you all about them.
  • March 13, 2016
    Armenian attractive church, amazing place
  • February 5, 2016
    very beautiful Georgian Orthodox church, not Armenian!
  • September 9, 2013
    This is an off the beaten path gem found roughly between Vanadzor and Alaverdi. It has massive, gorgeous frescos painted throughout the interior that gives a lot of visual insight into the early medieval Armenian Apostolic Church. It is well worth the several hour drive from Yerevan.

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