Anchiskhati Basilica

Anchiskhati Basilica

Located in the city’s historical district on Ioane Shavteli Street, Anchiskhati is Tbilisi’s oldest church. Its history begins after the founding of Tbilisi by King Vakhtang Gorgasali.

The History of Anchiskhati Basilica

Built in the 6th century, Anchiskhati Basilica is closely related to the son of Tbilisi's founder, King Dachi of Iberia, who granted Tbilisi the status of the capital city. Dachi was responsible for the commissioning of the church’s construction.

Anchiskhati has always been a special place - even during the time of Arab rule (736 - 1122), it was permitted to toll its bells. This led to it being called “the Cathedral of the Bells”.

In the late Middle Ages, there was a national school and seminary at the church, where the children of Georgian nobles were educated.

Today, due in large part to extensive restorations, Anchiskhati looks basically the same as it did in the past. It is an invaluable window into Tbilisi's history.

Why is the Church Called Anchiskhati?

The church received its name in the 17th century, when the Icon of the Saviour Not Made By Hands was moved here from Anchi Monastery. The icon is now kept in the Shalva Amiranashvili Art Museum in Tbilisi.

For those wishing to see a well-preserved example of early religious architecture, Anchiskhati is a must-see.

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