The must-see churches in Georgia

Bagrati or Svetiskhoveli Cathedral, Gelati and Jvari monasteries are the places you should visit.

Sioni Church

You will find many churches across the capital, Tbilisi, with unique architecture, cultural, historical and religious values. One of them is Sioni with priceless frescoes.

Metekhi Church

Another spot that you can visit when visiting Tbilisi is the Metekhi Church, perched on a cliff right in front of the river. It is ideal for a panoramic view of the region as well as the Catholic, Jewish and Muslim churches across the borders of Armenia.

Gergeti Trinity Church

Located near the village of Gergeti, on the outskirts of the small Stephantsminda city, the ancient Gergeti Trinity sits atop a 2,170 m high. The church was built in the 14th century with its prominent yellow dome.

This is where many relics from Mtskheta in the 18th century, including the cross of St. Nino, were brought here for safekeeping. Visitors wanting to visit Gergeti Trinity can hike for about three hours and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

Svetiskhoveli cathedral and Jvari monastery

Located in the World Cultural Heritage cluster of the ancient capital Mtskheta, these are two prominent religious works of medieval Christian architecture, built from the 4th to 8th centuries. Here is also the basis for the research on the origins of ancient Georgia letters.

Gelati Monastery

Located in the western part of the country, the monastery was built under King David II and recognized by Unesco as a World Cultural Heritage in 1994. Experiencing many historical events, the monastery still has many historical values. history, art and represents medieval architectural styles.

This place also has the Gelati Academy – the workplace of the country’s leading scientists, theologians and philosophers. In the monastery there are also many wall paintings and manuscripts dating from the 12th to 17th centuries.

Bagrati Cathedral

As a symbol of the Kutaisi city located in the western part of the country, the church is also known as Dormition or Kutaisi. Built in the 11th century during the reign of King Bagrati the third, Bagrati is a masterpiece in medieval architectural history.

In 1692 during the invasion of the Ottomans, the church was heavily damaged, the dome collapsed, and the walls were also damaged. Until 1952, this architectural work was restored and restored. In 1994, Bagrati Cathedral was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage.

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