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.

Alaverdi Cathedral

Alaverdi Cathedral

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.

Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia

Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia

Monks at the monastery produce wine in a restored 11th century wine cellar using the traditional kvevri wine making method.

Alaverdi Cathedral

Alaverdi Cathedral

The interior of the cathedral is very imposing and contains frescoes from the 11th and 15th -16th centuries.

Mural in Alaverdi Cathedral

Mural in Alaverdi Cathedral

St Georgia mural in Alaverdi Cathedral

St Georgia mural in Alaverdi Cathedral

The monastery is the focus of the annual religious celebration Alaverdoba (Georgian: ალავერდობა) held at the end of September.

Alaverdi Cathedral

Alaverdi Cathedral

Photographs courtesy of Batsara Babaneuri Protected Areas.

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