ძველი შუამთა - dzveli Shuamta

Old (Dzveli) Shuamta

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Old (Dzveli) Shuamta - Georgian Orthodox Monastery in Kakheti region, in Telavi municipality, is located in the wood, 7 kilometers from Telavi.


Monastery complex consists of: V century basilica, one of the most remarkable examples of Christian architecture in Georgia; VII century domed church which is similar to Mtskheta Jvari Church, but of a smaller size; VII century small domed church which is also a cross type but without corner rooms and with equal axes. All three churches are built with cobblestone and the travertines are used for the corners. In the XVI century Dzveli Shuamta Monastery was abandoned.


The New Shuamta Monastery was built by Tinatin,the wife of the King of Kakheti, Levan II (1520-1570). The main temple of the New Shuamta, a brick church is a cross-domed, inside - painted. Ktetor portraits are preserved here. The church was renewed by Levan II. The complex includes bell tower and other buildings. Scientists believe that both churches are built at the same time by the head of the Shuamta monastery, who built a small church for his separation. Under this church is placed a tomb.


Tags: #History #Church #Culture #Monastery

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