This is an amazing monastery which originated in the 10th century. It was added but then it (and the new monastery from the 17th century) were deserted about 200 years ago. The old monastery is built into the rock overhang of a hill and is amazing to see. The stone walls and rooms on the bottom floor are very impressive and there still remain remnants of paint. The upstairs portion contains a gallery of capitals or pillar tops. They are amazingly well preserved and each depicts a different biblical scene. It is an impressive building without the capitals, but truly amazing with them.
The monastery is not large and can be seen in half an hour once there. You obtain tickets from the new monastery building and then a bus takes you to the old monastery and will pick you up a half hour later (or you can stay longer and leave on the next bus which comes every half hour.)
Our bus driver was especially helpful and patient and helped us get lunch. I regret that I did not ask him his name but he added to the enjoyment of the trip!
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