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Saphara monastery

Saphara Monastery is located in Southern Georgia, Samtskhe-Javakheti region in a distance of some 10-12 km from the town Akhaltsikhe, deep in the gorge, away from any residential arrears, on the plot hidden by surrounding mountains. The monastery was founded in X century the latest.  By XIII c the monastery is the possession and one […]

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Kumurdo Cathedral

Ruins of Kumurdo  Cathedral stand on the background of ill-favored and barren landscape of Javakheti  plateau, in a distance of 12 km from Akhalkalaki, Samtskhe-Javakheti region.  The extensive inscription curved on the stone slab that fortunately preserved up to now tells that the threshold of the cathedral was placed in May, 964 AD.  According to […]

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Vardzia monastery

Vardzia rock-cut monastery is one of the well-known monuments of Georgian architecture.  The city is located some 30 km away from the regional center of Aspindza, on the left bank of the Kura River, region Samtskhe-Javakheti.   Hundreds of rooms cut in almost vertical rock –sells, halls, auxiliary spaces (for instance a stable),aqueduct arranged on the […]

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Tsunda

  Tsunda church, is a relatively large, single-nave construction erected on top of the rocky elevation close to the Kura River, in the outskirts of  Vardzia in Samtskhe-Javakheti region. According to Georgian annals, in the first centuries of the New Age  Tsunda was the large city, but currently nothing is known about that.  Certainly the […]

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Alaverdi cathedral

Akaverdi Cathedral is located in Kakheti, on the left bank of Alazani River, in a distance of 18 km from the city of Telavi. With its upright outlines it is easily noticeable on the marvelous background of Alazany valley, encircled by gorgeous mountains of Tusheti. The monument was built in the first quarter of XI […]

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Ikalto monastery

Ikalto Monastery is constructed on the elevation of a small range that divides Turdo river gorge and Alazani Valley in Kakheti region. Like Alaverdi and Artozani (Ruispiri) St. Shio monasteries, its foundation is also linked to the activities of one of the 13 Assyrian Fathers – St. Zenon; hence the monastery was built in the […]

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New Shuamta

New Shuamta church of the Birth of Mother of God is located close to Telavi, in Kakheti, in a distance of some 2-3 km from Old Shuamta Monastery. The building is erected on the open plane surrounded by the defensive wall. There are a bell tower and some other auxiliary construction beyond the wall… The […]

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Old Shuamta

Old Shuamta Monastery is located in Kakheti, some 7 km from the town of Telavi. The architectural ensemble of three churches stands in a lonely woody area. A small church dated to V c AD – earliest of those three, is the prefect sample of the very first attempts of construction of basilicas in Georgia. […]

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David Gareja

David Gareja  desert occupies south-eastern part of East Georgia, with its closest edge in a distance of some 60 km south-east from Tbilisi, in far south of Katheti region. This is a very specific area with multicolor hillocks, dry gorges and gullies, small areas of green land with trees and shrubs. This place had been […]

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Dmanisi Sioni church

Dmanisi settlement is located some 100 km south-westward of Tbilisi, on the high cape created at the confluence of R.R. Mashvera and Pinesauri in Kvemo Kartli region. For almost one milenium – from IX- XVI century AD Dmanisi had been a developed city and the center of trade with the dense mixed population of many […]

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