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Jvari monastery

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Best time to visit: All Season

Jvari Monastery- VI century church and monastery, located in the east of Mtskheta, at the mouth of the river Mtkvari and Aragvi, on the rocky mountain peak. Jvari Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Upon adoption of Christianity, King Mirian raised a high wooden cross on this territory, which was worshiped by other  Caucasian Christian nations. Guaram, the leader of Kartli, built a small church next to the cross nowadays known as "a small cross". At the end of VII and VII century, Guaram's son - Stepamoz I built a big temple next to a small cathedral, nowadays known as Jvari monastery. The wooden cross got covered up by a temple.

The Mtskheta church of Jvari is the first sample of the cross-shaped type churches, it is a new thing in the architecture. Other structures around the monastery (tower, fence) are much older. On the facades of the temple, you can see religious and historical persons, there are old inscriptions too.

Saint Nino's spring

On the south side of the main church of  Jvari monastery, there is the entrance from a fence to St. Nino spring. A narrow trail is coming to this place.

Location
41.838357, 44.7334
Distance from the Capital
9 km (5.59 mi)

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