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Welcome Armenia invites you to discover an ancient mysterious place full of secrets and puzzles where the traces of various nations and cultures can be found. St. Cross preserving place- Akhtala monastery surpassed European renaissance passing through the invasions of Tamerlane and inspiring Pasolini of Armenian cinematography. Akhtala is truly full of mysterious legends and picturesque landscapes and it was always a source of inspiration even for ordinary people.

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  • 1. Akhtala Monastery surpassed European Renaissance

2. Welcome Armeniainvites you to discover an ancient mysterious place full of secrets and puzzles where the traces of variousnations and cultures can be found. St. Cross preserving place-Akhtalamonastery surpassed European renaissance passingthrough the invasions of Tamerlane and inspiring Pasolini ofArmenian cinematography.Akhtalais truly full of mysterious legends and picturesque landscapes and it was always a source of inspiration even for ordinary people. 3. Akhtala (from turkish white glade) is a 10thcentury fortified monasticcomplex located in the village of Akhtala in the marz of Lori, 185kilometers (114.885miles) north of Yerevan.The fortress territory is surrounded withrocky deep canyons from three sides, and the north side joinsthe plain. 4. PLAN OF MONASTERY 5. Akhtalamonasteryis one of a few orthodox monasteries in Armenia. Its erection coincides withArmenian Renaissance, which surpassed European Renaissance for several centuries.Here for some time was treasured such an important relic as the St. Cross, by which,according to Christian tradition, St. John had baptized Jesus Christ. 6. 7. From the ancient times silver and non-ferrous metals were extractedfrom this region Georgian king Herakles took Greeks here for works from Trabzon.Then, French boughtAkhtaladeposit, and Greeks took the Alaverdi one. 8. With this very eventArmenian people tells theLegend as if Charles de Gaullewas born inAkhtalawho wouldLaterbecome apresident of France.It is very likely that soon inthis village the statue of Liberty would appear, since the original one French people molded ofAkhtalacopper and after made a present to United States. 9.

  • In 1887-1889 French archeologist engineer and geologist Jacque de Morgan, discovered rectangular stone sepulchers nearAkhtala , dating back to the 8th century, with valuable cultural items made of clay, bronze and iron. A crypt from III millennia B.C. was found here, when people had been burring in sitting position. This region is of special interest in the study of the origins of metals. Older than Europe and Greece, it still retains the traces of those civilizations that were the cradle of our own,- wroteJacques de Morgan.

10. 11. The monastery ofAkhtalaisnot only a harmonioussynthesis of Armenian,Georgian and Byzantinecultures, but it is also a kindof thermometer to measurehistorical and culturalsituation of the time. 12. 13. 14. It is supposed thatKyurikids founded thefortress and the churchofAkhtalain X century.At the end of XII century the influence of Zakarianfeudal family increasedamong the Armenianprincely dynasties.Following their politicalpurposes, Zakarehremained a memberof the Armenian ApostolicChurch, while Ivanehaccepted the GreekOrthodoxy.. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. AKHTALA MONASTERY SURPASSED EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ARTICLE ON MY BLOG 36. THANK YOU FOR ATTENTION PLEASE,WRITE YOUR COMMENTS 37. FEED-BACK Armenuhi IVANYANMarketing SpecialistPhone: +37410-527737 Fax:+37410-580091 Adresse: Baghramyan 3/3, Yerevan, ARMENIA Email:[email_address] [email_address] URL:http://www.welcomearmenia.com http:// www.7days.am 7days Armenia Travel Agency