The Church of the Twelve
Apostles (# 23) was built in the 14th-15th century.
It is located below the fortress wall near the Astagver Tower. It is
rectangular in plan. The walls are made of limestone and sandstone blocks with
lime mortar. The apse has on the outside 5 borders with facings of well worked
out stone designs. It is decorated with 3 carved rosettes. The interior was
covered with frescos. Outside was a half circle of free standing banded arches
of which only 5 arches remain. To the left in the background is the corner
tower of the main city defensive wall and above it on its right is the edge of
the upper crest along which the inner defensive wall used to connect to this
corner tower. In this telephoto view the distance between the church and tower
appears forshortened. The road to the port ran through the gap between them.