Atskuri Church

Atskuri Virgin Mary Church

Atskuri – is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, which was previously called Sosangeti. According to historical records, during the campaign of the Byzantine Csar Hercules (VII century), the church was built, which became the center of the historic church Samtskhe - Saatabago of the XII-XVI centuries.

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Atskuri Church

Atskuri – is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, which was previously called Sosangeti. According to historical records, during the campaign of the Byzantine Csar  Hercules (VII century), the church was built, which became the center of the historic church Samtskhe - Saatabago of the XII-XVI centuries. It was the largest church in Georgia, even larger than Svetitskhoveli. At the end of the XIII century, an earthquake destroyed the church, which was soon rebuilt. 
 
Today the church is in ruins, It appears that the church was destroyed in the last years of Turkish rule and church  stones were used in the construction of local dwellings by local residents, who became Muslim. Today you can see houses in the villages, in the walls of which stones with ornate carvings are visible. 
 
Shrine of the church  was the miraculous icon of the Atskuri Virgin, the creation of which is associated with the greatest of miracles. To preach the word of the Lord, the Virgin Mary was preparing to come to Georgia, but the crucified Christ appeared to Mary and said that it was approaching the time of Her Assumption. Instead of the Virgin, the Apostle Andrew had to go to Georgia and he took with him an image on which was affixed  the image of Mary. The Apostle Andrew, who came to Georgia with this icon, accomplished many miracles with it. He built a church and there he put the icon. Subsequently, in place of the old church a great temple church was built.

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