Ktsia monastery

Ktsia monastery

If you found yourself in the lovely Ktsia River Valley in Kvemo Kartli Region, take a moment to explore a monastery nestled in the forest, where the twittering of birds and the burbling song of the river make for a heavenly accompaniment. This is the Nativity of Virgin Mary Monastery, located near the village of Ktsia (also known as Chatakhi)
Kvemo Kartli

The History and Architecture of Ktsia Monastery

This site dates back to the 8th-9th centuries, and has an inscription in the ancient Georgian Asomtavruli script at its entrance that reads, “This is the village of Ktsia. The enemy could not destroy it”.

Within the church, you’ll learn that Ktsia Monastery was an important centre for spiritual activity in the 11th to 13th centuries. When Timur invaded Kvemo Kartli Region in the 14th and 15th century, the monastery was completely destroyed.

More recently, the monastery has been restored and is now active. Along with the church, the Ktsia Monastery Complex contains residential buildings and agricultural storerooms. Ktsia Church itself is a three-church basilica.

In the surrounding areas of the Ktsia Valley and Gomareti Plateau there are dozens of churches and monasteries from the 6th to the 17th centuries.

The nearest inhabited place to Ktsia Monastery is five kilometers away, and you can stay the night there if you want. It is about one hundred kilometers from there to Tbilisi.

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