Akhtala – Mixture of Armenian and Georgian Church Traditions in One Place
Visiting Lori region can be an unforgettable experience – a world of fairy tales, fables and heroes who left their traces in breathtaking landscapes. Take the monastery road up to Akhtala fortress-monastery. Find yourself surrounded by enormous and overwhelming towers of Rocks on both sides. Get stimulated by these dramatic sights as the road takes you to Akhtala. This well-preserved fortress dates back to the 10th century but the base constructions date back to Bronze and Iron Ages. It has always been an important defensive site for North-Eastern Armenia. The Mother of God church continues being the primary construction inside the walls of the Fortress.
Massive stone construction with many bas-reliefs on its external walls. From inside it represents the Armenian architectural style accompanied by Georgian Byzantine frescoes decorating the walls of the church. The luminosity of the colours is impressive: deepest blue, shimmering gold and warm shades of brown so unique to Armenian culture. The mood in this sacred building is moving and mystical: an intimate breath of the past passes over you as you find yourself inside the church.
Though the whole complex has suffered a lot during its long history, it stands proudly among these mysterious mountains and invites visitors to enjoy the unique beauty and ancient architecture offering hiking in the arms of picturesque nature.