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Moliti Red Church

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About Moliti Red Church


Best time to visit: Summer, May, September, October

Moliti Red Church is located is the Samtskhe-Javakheti region, in the east of Moliti village, Borjomi Municipality, on the edge of the lake. This is a medieval (XIII century) temple of the hall type, which ends with thin shouldered, semicircular apses in the east. The apse floor is one step higher than the church hall. The temple is built of gray basalt ashlar. Red stones are used in some places as well. The walls of the church are preserved throughout the height, the vault, the part of the conch, west pediment, the upper part of the south wall is collapsed, the facade structure is also damaged. The walls are built with mortar. Attempts were made to protect the structure of horizontal walls. The church has an entrance only from the south. The doorpost is quaternary. Its upper part no longer exists. In the altar, there are arch stones. In the center of the eastern part, there is a wide arched window and arched niches on the sides.  The hall is divided into thin, single-stage pilasters. The northern capital of the pilaster is remained- the shelf with recess and the capital of the apse shoulder- the shelf with a shaft at the bottom. The arcade with the small capitals goes along the long walls of the hall. The west window is arched, widened to the interior. Around the church was a cemetery, with old tombstones. On the north side of the temple, there is a dwelling house. From the church, you can enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Tabatskuri. You can also visit the Armenian Church of Moliti in the village.


How to get there

The village of Moliti is located on the shore of Lake Tabatskuri, which is 60 km away from Borjomi. It is possible to get there from Akhalkalaki and Bakuriani. As you pass Bakuriani, the dirt road begins, where you can move by a Sedan. However, caution is important. In winter and early spring, it is impossible to drive by car from Bakuriani side to Moliti, as the road is closed. On the side of Akhalkalaki, the last section of the road is a dirt road and you can move here by a sedan. In winter, to get to Moliti it is possible only from the Akhalkalaki side.

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