Akhtala Monastery, Akhtala

#1 of 12 in Historic Sites in Lori Province
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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  • The monastery itself is beautiful but it gets along with the scene. Though it's small inside the church, the interior is very beautiful. Outside the church, you'll see the magnificent surrounding.  more »
  • The church dates back to the C13th and is famous for retaining its original frescoes. Not to be missed.  more »
  • Quite stark when viewed from the outside, so when you step inside the interior you are quite surprised by the amazing frescoes. Set in an another stunning location with great views, this monastery is ...  more »
  • Very good place
  • 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!
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