Church of Kish
Church of Kish
4.5
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Kish Temple, located in the mesmerizing region of Shaki, Azerbaijan, is a true gem of ancient architecture, embodying the rich cultural heritage of the Caucasus. Dating back to the 12th century, this magnificent temple is not only an architectural marvel but also a testament to the thriving religious and cultural landscape of medieval Azerbaijan. Surrounded by lush landscapes and the majestic Greater Caucasus Mountains, Kish Temple offers a serene and picturesque setting for visitors to explore and immerse themselves in the history and spirituality of this unique region. With its impressive dome, elegant arches, and intricate stone carvings, Kish Temple stands as a symbol of endurance and cultural pride, inviting travelers from across the globe to witness its timeless beauty and historic significance.
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  • Madan Gopal M
    Bengaluru, India7,669 contributions
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    Ancient Wonder.
    A hidden jewel and archaeological wonder. This ancient Albanian Church located at Kish Village up in the mountains, a half an hour drive from Sheki,is a must visit for those interested in the history and culture from the past. The archeological excavations reveal that there are different layers of construction and many relics are displayed in an underground glass roof covered chambers. There is an admission ticket to enter this place. As the Church is at a remote location, it's necessary to hire a taxi from Sheki. This beautiful monument is surrounded by a well maintained flower garden.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia9,646 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Theological confusion
    Most tourists visiting this church will probably see a small, but picturesque old church ; take some snapshots and go. Dig a bit deeper and it becomes a little harder : a diophysite Georgian Orthodox church, probably dating to early 12th century, then transformed later into the monophysite doctrine, so most likely Armenian or the Caucasus Albanian Church . . . currently inactive, but mass still regularly held by a Georgian priest. All this in an Islamic environment and controlled by a government that wants to deny any Armenian history or presence.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Kate
    451 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute little church
    A beautiful and serene place with a small church with a great history - it has a really medieval vibe to it, especially as the surroundings were purposefully kept very authentic. Be prepared for a long walk on steep cobble stone streets if you don't decide to use the local taxi (10 AZM for a drive from the foot of the hill to the church). Anyway - worth the visit if you make it to Sheki.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 8, 2024
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Taleh A
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
You know, If you are shaky, visit this place once. Only once. It has a lovely view, impressive tombs and skeletons. Nothing more, don't advise to buy something from here( any gift etc.) prices are high. Entry prices differ for tourists. Also, although it has English descriptions of items, there is nobody can explain the history of this ancient place in English.
Written March 7, 2021
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia9,646 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Solo
Most tourists visiting this church will probably see a small, but picturesque old church ; take some snapshots and go.
Dig a bit deeper and it becomes a little harder : a diophysite Georgian Orthodox church, probably dating to early 12th century, then transformed later into the monophysite doctrine, so most likely Armenian or the Caucasus Albanian Church . . . currently inactive, but mass still regularly held by a Georgian priest. All this in an Islamic environment and controlled by a government that wants to deny any Armenian history or presence.
Written October 28, 2023
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Cablebayretirees
Mangonui, New Zealand22 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Couples
I had no idea about this place until we visited. Everything surprising such as Thor Heyerdahl's involvement in researching Odin (Norwegian) connection, the huge, well over two metre tall, human skeletons, the preChristian temple on this site, the story around the 26 different Albanian tribes, and much more
Written July 30, 2017
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Jp m
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
This church is located about 10 kilometers from sheki in the village of Kiz which is surrounded by high mountains. Church is very small and its grounds aren't huge either but it has been renovated reasonably well and has pleny of information even in english. You can also find english speaking quide there. To get here, you will either have to take a taxi if you know how to haggle (we got taxi back to sheki with 2 manats only) but there is also marshrutka running there from bazar and it only costs 0,2 manats. Entrance fee to church is also only one manat if you are a student.

Village can also be interesting to walk around and there is a lot of friendly people there, especially kids but not too much to see
Written June 22, 2017
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,371 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Solo
Microbus 15 and 23 go to Kish from the Bazar in Sheki. Entry 2 AZN (not really administered). Perhaps for Azeri a peculiar site, but there are very many of these old churches in the region. The authorities emphasize 12th century Caucasian Albania once was Azerbaijan. It was Christian and thus European. They especially seem to like Heyerdahl's idea that Odin (Norwegian mythological figure) came from Aser - Azer. Another link with Europe.

For the more adventurous: hike further out of Kish along the river to the ruins of Galasan Goresen. They are about 3 km away, high on a ridge at a confluence of two rivers. The most spectacular viewpoint in the Azerbaijan Caucasus mountains I have seen so far. Most locals know where it is and will help you find it. Alternatively you can hire a guide at the Albanian church (10 manat). Ask Ilhama.
Written July 12, 2016
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Ariel Ruffian
Singapore366 contributions
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Aug 2019
The Church of Kish is said to have been built in the 1st century AD - which makes it possibly the oldest christian church in the world. A disciple of Thaddeus of Edessa, St Elishe, built it in the 1st century where he was later martyred by some local people.

The Church itself has been turned into a cultural museum of sorts with a lovely rose garden and small souvenir shop with lovely gifts. Its about 20 minutes from Sheki and you pay a fee to enter. It is testament to the liveliness of the Christian evangelical mission in the 1st Century after the ascension of Christ and the decline of the Albanian Caucasian church after it was suppressed by later religions.

It is a quietly spiritual place; you can almost if not actually smell the Rose of Sharon Himself in the rose garden, where God whispers into the quietened soul. It is a serene place, surrounded by mountains; it testifies to the past and makes one muse about the future. It was good to visit the roots of Christianity in the Caucasus, lending some insight into the fraught and complex history of the Caucasus.
Written August 6, 2019
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David M
Perth, Australia1,407 contributions
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Aug 2018
An interesting trip by taxi up the mountains and across a wide river. This little Albanian church has been fully restored and is a popular destination for tourists. For only 2 Manats (August 2018) you can have a good look around. It is surrounded by rose gardens that are very popular in this area. It takes only about 30 minutes to look around but savour the moment and sit in the garden and relax, breathing in the fresh mountain air.
There are new modern toilets that are very clean at the back of the garden.
The roads up to Kish are cobbled and because of the heavy rains can be a bit rough. I was amazed at the quality of the buildings and walls in this area, the pointing is worthy of note.
Written August 23, 2018
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Temisa78
Bratislava, Slovakia133 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Family
Kish is a small authentic village close to Sheki Marxal hotel. Road to the church is a cobblestoned, and it's better to go there on offroad car. When you reach this place you don't want to leave. Actually it is very small, but the inner yard, and atmosphere there is so beautiful that you want to stay as long as it is possible.
Written August 16, 2018
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Ilzo A
Sao Paulo, SP2,119 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Friends
It was a former Christian Temple. Now a little Museum with a beautiful garden with roses and trees ( chestnut & quince ) Our guide provided a tea party across the road in tea room there . Quality tea , Rose & Chestnut jelly ( there is a candy of sugar that you put in your mouth while drinking the tea . Try to do the since the church although interesting has not much to see . People around you is of course the most valuable commodity of Sheki
Written October 1, 2017
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Arianna M
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
The church of Kish is located in Kish village, a small village 15 minutes by car out of Sheki. We managed to get there by taxi, as we did not want to wait for the minibus, for 5 manat (including going and coming back - we agreed that while we were visiting the church the taxi driver would take another ride for other customer and then came back to pick us up). The taxi driver left us exactly in front of church entrance, but I saw that some tourists were left at the bottom of the slope. It is not a hard walk, but I mention that just to let you know that is possible to get there by car, if any of you have mobility problems. If you are going with your car remember that part of the street is not finished (I saw a bridge under construction) and it may be dirty and bumpy.
The church itself is quite small, but the municipality made a great work in turning it into a nice three-lingual museum (Azeri, English and Russian) with very helpful local people that explain history of the church and of the village and how their roots dates back in time to Albanian.
In my opinion it is a must see if you stop in Sheki, and it will take you not more than an hour.
Written August 31, 2017
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