Jvari Church, Mtskheta

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Situated at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, World Heritage Site Jvari Church sits alone atop a desolate, windswept mountaintop. A Georgian Orthodox monastery founded in the 6th century, the site is where St. Nino converted King Miriam to Christianity (according to tradition) and erected a cross on an existing pagan temple. The current church is believed to have been built between 590 and 605 CE. Explore this site to get a sense of the religious history of the nation. Attempt to read the inscription on the facade, which is said to date the structure by naming the principle builders involved in the construction. Make Jvari Church a centerpiece of your Mtskheta vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mtskheta holiday maker.
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  • You'll see Jvari Monastery from the road, perched high on a high. It is easy to see why it was built there: hard to reach, and therefore hard for enemies to plunder the treasures. This was our...  more »
  • I did a guided day tour from Tbilisi which passed through 2 churches in Mtskheta, one being of course the Jvari church. The views from there are great. After one week in the Caucasus I feel like all.....  more »
  • The view over there is stunning, you can take panoramic photos of the view. Highly recommended for those who love high spots.
  • A historic world heritage site with an amazing view A quick stop on the way to Mtskheta, which is the old capital of Georgia. The Monastery was built in the sixth century, it is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The view from the top of the hill is astonishing, overlooking the old city of Mtskheta and the intersection of the two rivers.

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