Mgvimevi Monastery

Mgvimevi represents two-nave church built in a natural cave in the XIII century. The monastery complex was built by Racha princes Marat and his brother Ninay. The complex consists of several buildings.

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Mgvimevi Monastery

Mgvimevi represents two-nave church built in a natural cave in the XIII century. The monastery complex was built by Racha princes Marat and his brother Ninay. The complex consists of several buildings. The main temple is dedicated to the Savior. Ceiling creates arch caves; walls built of limestone and decorated with hewn stone. Facade of the temple is decorated with classic Georgian ornament. Attraction of the temple is the Savior painted and decorated with engraved plates, wooden iconostasis.
Basilica has southern and western gates. Original western side gate made from zelkova tree today is kept in the State Museum of Art.
The interior walls of the church are completely in paintings. Only the façade of the Church carved into the rock (VI century), is decorated with cut stone. It is decorated with Georgian ornament. In the depths of the cave and is a spring and many small caves, which were probably used for the shelter for attendants of the monastery during the invasion of the enemy. The historical fact is that the troops of Murvan Ibn Muhammad and Tamerlane tried to go into the cave using braided, hanging baskets. As you can see, the monastery built in a natural cave and prepared for a long siege, has also a defensive function.
Attraction of the monastery is a small-sized church. Ceiling and the western wall of the church is a natural rock. Architectural buildings of the complex are two-storey -bell tower and monastic cells.


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