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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  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful, monumental construction. 2mn entrance fee per person. Inside 20-30 local history museum exhibits, mostly pottery shards and rusty iron of unknown destination.
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  • July 30, 2017
    I had no idea about this place until we visited. Everything surprising such as Thor Heyerdahl's involvement in researching Odin (Norwegian) connection, the huge, well over two metre tall, human skelet...  more »
  • July 26, 2017
    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 »

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