on July 31, 2000
This is the largest and grandest of the churches. The most stunning part of the painting is the ladder to Heaven, which shows the stages of progression and angels showing the way. It takes up a whole long wall of the outside of the building, and is just spectacular. Painted in the deepest, most stunning shade of blue, it's hardly faded at all, and a delight to see. It’s worth looking at different parts of it close up, as the detail is fascinating. Many of the angels are subtlety different, with varying robes, musical instruments, or physical features. The humans ascending the ladder vary much more in dress, and facial expression – some looking very startled indeed! The church is set back from the road, and you walk up a shaded tree avenue to get to it, and you can see the frescos in the distance as you walk towards them. It's a bit tricky to get to, see the free-form transport section for details on transport to all the monasteries and churches.
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