Samtavro Church, Mtskheta

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Part of a monastery complex, Samtavro Church attracts tourists with its ancient wall paintings and tombs of the first king and queen of Georgia. Although most of the complex dates back to 11th, the foundations were set in the 4th century. Inside, admire the dome ceiling built from stone and without ground support, and the wall murals depicting biblical events. Use our Mtskheta tour planner to visit Samtavro Church on your trip to Mtskheta, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Located in a very picturesque location and the natural landscape gives more emphasis to the beautiful church. However it is quite old it is very well-preserved and has incredible views to the point
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  • It is the oldest of the three churches, built in the 1030s. St. Nino once lived here, once the Palace church of Lord Mtskheta, so it was both a church and a convent. The King of Mirian III (Miriam) and his queen Nana, who ordered the conversion of all Georgia to Christianity, were buried in the south-west corner of the main church.
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  • The church itself is not very exceptional, but it's located in living monastery. If you are lucky, you can see monks and nuns and even people coming to offer their belongings to the monastery, like cr...  more »
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