Akhtala Monastery, Akhtala

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#2 of 14 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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  • Simply at awe with the rustic beauty of the place. Amazed at how the frescoes have remained untouched. Made our long journey from Yerevan to Armenia more worth while even with a one hour road blocage ...  more »
  • Unlike the neighbours and most renowned monasteries, this one in Akhtala seems more snubbed, when we visited it was deserted, and this in a foggy summer, helped to give the place a truly unique atmosphere. The frescoes inside are well preserved, really recommended, don't just stop at Haghpat!
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  • 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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