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Akhtala Monastery, Akhtala
(4.8/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The Akhtala Monastery is a beautifully maintained monastery which has many well maintained frescoes on all its walls. The priest gave us a tour and described the paintings and structure. To the right ...  more »
  • This monastery close to the Georgian border is often overlooked by tourists, who prefer visiting the Sanahin and Haghpat monasteries, making this a very quiet place. But it can be easily combined with...  more »
  • This is a must visit as its setting is beautiful. The interior fresco is beautiful too. A really charming place. 
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • very beautiful Georgian Orthodox church, not Armenian!
  • An incredible place: green, old, calm