Monastery Jvari - a masterpiece of architecture


Jvari Monastery is a 6th century Georgian Orthodox monastery. It stands on the mountaintop, overlooking the old capital – Mtskheta, where two rivers Aragvi and Mtkvari meet each other creating an overwhelming view. The name of the monastery has a huge historic roots. Since Christianity was first adopted, King Mirian III has erected a large wooden cross (“jvari” means “cross” in Georgian) on that place, and it has been worshiped not only by Georgians, but other Christian nations of Caucasia as well.



The eastern and southern facades and the cross pedestal, erected in the middle of Jvari cathedral, contain one of the oldest (VI-VII centuries) epigraphic inscriptions on Georgian “Asomtavruli” script. (The part of this pedestal with inscription on it, today, is kept in Georgian national museum). The Jvari monastery of Mtskheta is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO and is one the most beautiful places, according to its location and historic meaning.

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