About Sights – Jvari Monastery

Built in the 6th century, Jvari Monastery (Georgian: ჯვარი, ჯვრის მონასტერი) stands on a mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia.

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood - Copy

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood

The monastery was built on the site of a large wooden cross erected by Saint Nino (Georgian: წმინდა ნინო) in the early 4th century. Saint Nino preached Christianity in Georgia and converted the pagan king Mirian III of Iberia who declared Christianity the official religion in 327 A.D.

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood

In 545 A.D. a small church was erected over the remnants of the wooden cross and was replaced by the “Great Church of Jvari”, built by Erismtavari Stepanoz I at the end of the 6th century.

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood

Jvari was listed together with other monuments of Mtskheta in 1994 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood

The monastery has beautiful views of Mtskheta.

View of Mtskheta from Jvari Monastery

View of Mtskheta from Jvari Monastery

How to get there? Jvari is about 24 kilometers to the north of Tbilisi.

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood

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  1. surprisebjg says:

    Want to go there so lovely!

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