Jvari Monastery

Jvari Monastery

Jvari Monastery – a sixth-century monastery east of Mtskheta, at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Aragvi, standing on the top of a rocky mountain. Jvari Monastery is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Upon converting to Christianity, King Mirian erected a high wooden cross in this place, and it was worshiped by other Christian nations of the Caucasus. Guaram, the prince of Kartli, built a small church next to the cross, which is referred to today as the "Small Jvari". At the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 7th centuries, Guaram's son, Stepanoz I, built a large church next to the small one. The larger church, which covered the wooden cross is the Jvari church. It is the first example of Jvari-type churches, prevalent in Georgia and Armenia. Other buildings around the monastery, such as the tower, were built later. Religious and historical figures are depicted on the facades of the temple, as well as old inscriptions.

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