About Sights – Dzveli Shuamta Monastery

Dzveli (“old”) Shuamta Monastery is located in a small clearing in the middle of a deciduous forest on Tsivgombori Mountain near the city of Telavi in Kakheti region. The Monastery got its name because of its location – “Shuamta’’ means ‘among the mountains’.

Old Shaumta. Photo by Jeron Halewijn

Old Shaumta. Photo by Jeron Halewijn

Prior to their recent restoration, the churches were in a state of neglect.

Old Shaumta Monastery Complex

Old Shaumta Monastery Complex before recent restoration. Photo courtesy of Batsara Babaneuri Protected Areas

The complex has one of the oldest churches in Georgia – a triple-nave basilica that dates back to the 5th century. Two other cross-domed churches on the site were built in the 7th century.

One of the 3 churches at Old Shaumta. Photo by Jeron Halewijn

One of the 3 restored churches at Old Shaumta. Photo by Jeron Halewijn

Old Shaumta Monastery Complex

Old Shaumta Monastery Complex before restoration. Photo courtesy of Batsara Babaneuri Protected Areas

Dzveli Shuamta does not have any resident nuns or monks but there is an improvised altar with several icons inside the larger, domed church.

Old Shaumta. Photo by Jeron Halewijn

Old Shaumta. Photo by Jeron Halewijn

The monastery complex is located in the village of Shuamta, about 7 kilometers from the city of Telavi.

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5 Responses to “About Sights – Dzveli Shuamta Monastery”
  1. Jeron says:

    One month ago I visited old shuamta. The photographs you used in your blog need to be updated: the complex is completely renovated and looks quite different from what you showed us.

  2. Jeron says:

    Can I send you som pictures of the renovated monastry? And if so to which emailadress?

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