In the North of Armenia, in the Akhtala village of the Lori province there is a magical place, where many remarkable monuments are still preserved.
The famous fortress of Akhtala built in the 10th century, is located here. From the North, you see high walls of the fortress protected by inlaid large basalt stones. Three-story towers stand on both sides of the main entrance to the fortress. Inside the fortress, is the monastery of Akhtala which consists of three churches, bell-tower, hall and stone-made dwellings. The main church St. Astvatzatzin (Holy Virgin) was built in the 13th century. It has a rectangular schemed structure with cruciform vault. The church is located in the center of the fortress.
Among other Akhtala’s monuments are St.Trinity Monastery, St.Gevorg Church (13th C.), and two twin churches (13th C.) located to the west from Akhtala fortress.