About Sights – Alaverdi Cathedral
Alaverdi Monastery (Georgian: ალავერდის მონასტერი) is a Georgian Orthodox monastery located near Telavi in the Alazani-River valley in Kakheti region. Founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph Alaverdeli, the monastery dates to the 6th century but the present day cathedral replaces a smaller church and was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti.
At a height of over 55 meters, Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia, after the Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba) in Tbilisi.
Monks at the monastery produce wine in a restored 11th century wine cellar using the traditional kvevri wine making method.
The interior of the cathedral is very imposing and contains frescoes from the 11th and 15th -16th centuries.
The monastery is the focus of the annual religious celebration Alaverdoba (Georgian: ალავერდობა) held at the end of September.
Photographs courtesy of Batsara Babaneuri Protected Areas.