Church of Kish, Sheki

#2 of 6 in Historic Sites in Shaki-Zaqatala Region
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Church of Kish by using our Sheki online holiday planner .
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  • Kish lies about 5 km away from the centre of Sheki. It is a big village rather than a small town so that one cannot really believe that several hundred years ago it was a most important settlement in ...  more »
  • The Albanian church in the village of Kish became a place of tourist pilgrimage thanks to its reconstruction, in which Tour Heyerdahl took an active part. His research reinforced the faithfulness of the version of the ancestors of modern Norwegians who left the country of Azer decades ago. The building itself is a "new building" of 4-5 centuries, restored on the site of the rituals of the Gentiles and later Christians during the missionary activities of the apostles
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