Agara Monastery

Agara Monastery

You will come across many myths and legends during your travels through a country with the ancient history and culture of Georgia. One such folk tale says that the legendary Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli received his education at Agara Monastery. Those with an interest in Georgian or literary history will find a visit to the ruins of Agara Monastery to be an enlightening experience.

The Location of Agara Monastery 

Situated atop a mountain in the Uraveli River Valley in Samtskhe-Javakheti Region, Agara Monastery is surrounded on three sides by deciduous forest, with the fourth side guarded by a steep cliff overlooking the river.

The monastery was founded in the 10th century, springing up around a church from the 6th-7th centuries.

The Frescoes of Agara Monastery

The main church of Agara Monastery is one of the largest and best-preserved single-naved churches in Georgia, dating back to the 10th-11th century.

Ancient paintings can still be seen in places on the walls, and a beautifully ornamented window remains over the main entrance door.

In addition, there are four churches from the 5th-14th centuries preserved in the monastery complex, with a bell-tower, a refectory, a cellar, and outbuildings.

Agara Monastery Today

The main church of the monastery was built in the 10th-11th centuries, and is one of the largest basilica churches in the country. Today, the complex is in ruins, but the dining area from the 11th-12th centuries is still preserved, as well as a bell tower from the 13th-14th centuries. 


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