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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Akhtala Monastery and many more Akhtala attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Akhtala vacation trip planner.
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  • If you want to see the most beautiful and best preserved frescoes of Armenia you have to come to this remote fortified monastery, where the Church will give you a spectacular example of Palaiologan painting the early 13th century, caused by the influence of neighbouring Georgia. The great apse Madonnna unfortunately has lost face, but the two communions of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, in addition to the theory of Saints and prophets, are very well readable, especially in shades of lapis lazuli that characterizes the entire cycle. Must-on a trip to Armenia, although in the distant region of Lori, reached by a long way, but well worth it!
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  • The highlights here were the frescoes covering the interior of the building. Here we would be introduced to another recurring characteristic of Armenian churches in which images of would-be invaders w...  more »
  • Good look with mountain scenery. architecture perfectly preserved ancient masters of the wall by the river
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  • Very nice church. Impressive cliffside building ruins.
  • 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.
  • Armenian attractive church, amazing place
  • very beautiful Georgian Orthodox church, not Armenian!
  • 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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