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Church of Kish, Sheki

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Marvel at the early medieval stonemasonry of Church of Kish, also known as The Albanian Church in Sheki. Home to Georgian bishops in the 10th century, the site has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, while the stone church dates back to the 12th century. Admire a dome with a cross on the interior. The church houses a small museum of archeological artifacts found on location, including some ancient pottery, a burial mound with skeletal remains, wall foundations of an ancient 2nd century BCE temple, and a crypt of the 3rd century CE. A bust of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who traced Scandinavian gods to modern-day Azerbaijan, stands opposite the church. Plan to visit Church of Kish and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sheki attractions using our Sheki itinerary builder.
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  • A steep but manageable climb up to the Church of Kish, beautiful quiet setting with some amazing views all around and the ancient church is well kept up and nice to walk around.  more »
  • Must see place in Sheki. Alban heritage located in Kish village of Sheki shows reach history of cultural heritage of that place.  more »
  • The ancient temple of Kish is located in very old Kish village high in the mountain. You have to drive to the temple trough the village by the very narrow street. There is nothing much to view inside....  more »

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Mostly reasonably priced, accommodations in Sheki vary in style from basic establishments to modern lodgings with all the necessary facilities and scenic views. Some inexpensive hotels offer small, simple rooms with a central location, while homestays can be a good choice for the budget-conscious traveler. Other options include booking into a spacious resort or renting a well-furnished cottage.
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