Chvabiani Church of the Savior

Chvabiani Church of the Savior

Svaneti is a historical and geographical region of Georgia that is home to more than seventy churches and 240 towers built between the 10th and 13th centuries CE. With so much history preserved within its borders, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to which ancient sites to visit, but Chvabiani Church in the Muzhali community warrants inclusion on any Svaneti excursion.
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The History of Chvabiani Church of the Savior

Built in the 10th century, the Chvabiani Church of the Saviour is located in the highlands at the edge of the visit, affording visitors a stunning view of the Svan towers, the village, and gorgeous twin peaks of Ushba Mountain.

According to an inscription in ancient Georgian Asomtavruli script, the church was built and painted by three brothers of the Amroleani family - Bendes, Amrola, and Michael, during the reign of the King of Apkhazeti (possibly Bagrat II) and of Vakhtang Eristavi. 

The Deesis composition on the chevet of the apse is from the 13th century.

There is also a bell tower in the northwestern part of the churchyard which dates back to the late Middle Ages.

The Historical Importance of Chvabiani Church of the Savior

Chvabiani Church of the Saviour is artistically and historically significant due to its architecture and the frescoes that decorate its interior. The paintings within the church possess markers of a highly classical style, but also speak of local traditions in the early art of Svaneti.


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