About Sights – Samtavisi Cathedral

Samtavisi (Georgian: სამთავისი) is an eleventh-century Georgian Orthodox cathedral in the region of Shida Kartli. Heavily damaged by a series of earthquakes, the cathedral was partially reconstructed in the 15th and 19th centuries.

Samtavisi Cathedral. Photo by George Mel via Wikimedia Commons

Samtavisi Cathedral. Photo by George Mel via Wikimedia Commons

Built in 1030 by the architect Ilarion Samtavneli, the cathedral is remarkable for the beauty of its proportions and refinement of carving on the facades.

Ornamented Rosette on the Southern Facade of Samtavisi Cathedral. Photo by Dror Maayan

Ornamented Rosette on the Southern Facade of Samtavisi Cathedral. Photo by Dror Maayan

Ornamented Pilasters on the Southern Facade of Samtavisi Cathedral. Photo by Dror Maayan.

Ornamented Pilasters on the Southern Facade of Samtavisi Cathedral. Photo by Dror Maayan.

Within the grounds of the Cathedral there are the remains of a dwelling (the so-called bishop’s palace). At the entrance to the enclosure stands a gate belfry of the late feudal period.

Samtavisi Cathedral

Samtavisi Cathedral. Photo by Ministry of Culture of Georgia.

The dome and the western wall were re-built In the 15th century,

Samtavisi Cathedral

Samtavisi Cathedral. Photo by Ministry of Culture of Georgia.

How to get there? Samtavisi is situated some 45 km from Tbilisi, on the left bank of the Lekhura River, about 11 km from the town of Kaspi.

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2 Responses to “About Sights – Samtavisi Cathedral”
  1. Mags Corner says:

    The Ornamented Pilasters are beautiful and amazing. Hugs

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