Matskhvarishi Archangel Church

Matskhvarishi Archangel Church

While Upper Svaneti is perhaps most famous for its view of the towering Caucasus Mountains and its proud towers, it is also distinguished for its many churches. The 10th-11th century Matskhvarishi Archangel Church is one such church, notable for the outstanding artworks that decorate its interior. It can be found in the village of Matskhvarishi in the Mestia Municipality.
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The Artwork of Matskhvarishi Archangel Church

The interior of the church is decorated with a fresco depicting the coronation ceremony of Demetrius, heir of King David Aghmashenebeli (the Builder). Inscriptions tell us that this fresco was the work of Mikael Maghlakeli, a prominent artist during King Demetrius I’s reign.

There are also a few painted icons depicting the Saviour, the Mother of God, and the crucifixion, belonging to the 12th and 13th centuries.

There is also an icon of St. John the Baptist with Asomtavruli script, a processional cross decorated with medallions of enamel, and other holy objects stored within the church.

The Nature You Will Encounter When Visiting Matskhvarishi Archangel Church

As it usually is in Georgia, the church is located in a stunningly beautiful place. The forest-clad mountains and slopes around the church are the perfect place to sit down and soak in nature’s splendour.


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