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Akhtala Monastery, Akhtala

#2 of 15 in Historic Sites in Lori Province
Must see · Church · Tourist Spot
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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  • We were fortunate to visit Akhtala Monastery during Sunday morning service on a beautiful sunny day with natural sun rays coming through via the windows which highlighted the beautiful paintings...  more »
  • We went across the border from Georgia to Armenia and this was the first place to stop by. This monastery is located in Armenia but it’s Georgian style monastery. Beautiful frescos. The whole of the.....  more »
  • Very beautiful place and nature. The church is a great architecture building.
  • Absolutely unique in its internal energy space. The frescoes unique for the Armenian monasteries have been preserved in excellent condition. Delightful nature around! Be sure to visit !!!
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