Mzovreti Monastic Complex

Mzovreti Monastic Complex

The Mzovreti Monastic Complex proudly stands on the top of the rocky cliff overlooking Dzama River Valley. The ancient fort is protectively embracing a beautiful garden full of flowers with an incredibly picturesque monastery inside. Its red-tiled rooftop, little cobbled paths and abundant greenery give it a truly paradisal look.
Shida Kartli

The History and Structure of Mzovreti Monastic Complex

The name Mzovreti is related to the Georgian word "zuari" - the customs, a place to pay for passing through. In the 14th-17th centuries, the nobility of Shida Kartli Region, the Tsitsishvili family, moved their residence from Samtsverisi to Mzovreti, making it the political center of the region. The complex includes a church, a bell tower, a castle, the remnants of a palace, and residential buildings.

The hall-type, stone church dates back to the 17th century. The architect placed the main door of the temple on the west wall and inserted small windows on the southern and western walls. The church altar is separated from the rest of the interior by a massive stone.

In the 18th century, a three-story bell tower, also used for military purposes, was built to the west of the temple. 

Visiting Mzovreti Monastery 

Probably, this is the most photogenic monastery of the whole Dzama Valley - and there are dozens of other ones dotting the valley! Around 2 hours drive from Tbilisi, and you're ready to see a piece of paradise.

While getting excited about taking beautiful photos, don't forget about the culture of visiting a monastery - women usually cover their heads, men don't. Wearing shorts is a no-no, even in summer.

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