Zarzma

Zarzma represents a major monument of Georgian architecture. The first church was built by a monk, Serapion Zarzmeli, who originally was from Klarjeti. Later Serapion’s heirs built a huge church in the same place, to which the local feudal lord Giorgi Chorchaneli donated villages and estates.

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Zarzma

Zarzma represents a major monument of Georgian architecture. The first church was built by a monk, Serapion Zarzmeli, who originally was from Klarjeti. Later Serapion’s heirs built a huge church in the same place, to which the local feudal lord Giorgi Chorchaneli donated villages and estates. Today's church and bell tower were built in the early XIV century, during the rule of Samtskhe Lord Becka Jakeli. At the entrance of the temple is a stone of the tenth century, which was removed from a pre-existing building.  

 

The real decoration of the church with lots of ornamentation, is the southern gate. Also significant are the wall paintings - along with traditional subjects, there are preserved portraits of historical figures. Zarzma bell tower is one of the largest in Georgia. In 1577, the new owners of Zarzma, the Khurtsidze family added the arch to the first floor of the belfry and turned it into John the Evangelist Church. At the turn of the XVI-XVII centuries, after the Turkish invasion, Zarzma monastery emptied and the treasures of Zarzma were moved to Guria, in the village Shemokmedi, in a specially built church, which also was given the name Zarzma. Today, these treasures are kept in the Tbilisi State Art Museum of Georgia.


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