Kvatakhevi Monastery is a place shrouded in secrets. In addition to the rumoured presence of the Virgin Mary’s clothes, two of the Christian Church’s greatest holy objects are stored here - a holy relic of St. John the Baptist, and a miracle-working icon of the Dormition of the Holy Virgin.
The construction of the Kvatakhevi Monastery Complex, according to some historians, is related to St. David Aghmashenebeli, King of the Georgians, but other researchers relate it to St. King Tamar instead. The monastery, with its architectural shape and decorated facades, is typical of 12th-13th century monuments.
During its heyday, Kvatakhevi was considered to be the principal monastery of Kartli, and enjoyed the patronage of noble families. In the 16th century, the monastery, which had been destroyed in the 14th century by Timur, was restored by St. King Alexander.
The main building of the complex is the crossed-dome church. Almost nothing remains of the original paintings, but in its wealth of decoration, diversity, and the high level of artistry, Kvatakhevi is one of the best examples of Georgian architecture of the Feudal Period.