About Sights – Gergeti Trinity Church

Gergeti Trinity Church (Georgian: წმინდა სამება) is a popular name for the Holy Trinity Church near the village of Gergeti outside the town of Stepantsminda (Georgian: სტეფანწმინდა) in north-eastern Georgia.

The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri (the left tributary of the river Terek) close to Georgia’s 3rd highest mountain, Mt. Kazbegi.

View of Stepantsminda from Gergeti Trinity Church

Built in the 14th century, its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia.

Bell Tower of Gergeti Trinity Church

The church provides stunning views of Mount Kazbeki, the third highest mountain in Georgia (after Mount Shkhara and Janga). The name in Georgian, Mkinvartsveri (Georgian: ყაზბეგი or მყინვარწვერი), translates to “glacier” or “Ice Mountain”.

Mount Kazbek is associated in Georgian folklore with Amirani (Georgian: ამირანი), the Georgian version of Prometheus, who was chained on the mountain in punishment for having stolen fire from the gods and having given it to mortals.

How to get there? The journey to Stepantsminda takes about 2.5 hours by car or a minibus from the Didube bus station in Tbilisi. Gergeti Trinity Church can then be reached on foot from Stepantsminda (2-3 hours), or by taxi (around 30 minutes).

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11 Responses to “About Sights – Gergeti Trinity Church”
  1. Absolutely breathtaking!! The last photo is my favorite. You live in an incredible country full of such history and beauty. I know I said this before but I am so glad you are sharing it with us 🙂

  2. tbnranch says:

    WOW! Absolutely beautiful! Now those are mountains, we have hills in comparison. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Dianda says:

    Stunning! I love churches!

  4. Shary Hover says:

    What an incredibly beautiful place.

  5. Wow! If I went to church there I would love it!!! It is so beautiful! Of course I would be staring out the windows and not paying attention to the mass… eheheheh 🙂

  6. Marie says:

    Beautiful church and beautiful place!

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