About Sights – Martvili Monastery
Martvili Monastery (Georgian: მარტვილის მონასტერი) is a monastic complex located in the village of Martvili in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region. The hill on which it stands was a former pagan site associated with fertility and prosperity.
The Martvili-Chkondidi Cathedral was constructed in the late 7th century on top of the roots of an enormous oak tree that was worshiped during pagan times but cut down after the conversion of the population to Christianity. The cathedral was rebuilt by King Giorgi II in the 10th century. Some of the 14th – 17th century frescos are still preserved.
All photos by Mbzzgeorgia