Pkhotreri Archangel Temple

Pkhotreri Archangel Temple

Svaneti is the highest historical mountainous region in Georgia. It is located in the north-western part of the country. It is here, in the village of Pkhotreri in the Mestia Municipality, that you will find a 10th-century church – the Pkhotreri Archangel Temple.
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

The Structure of Pkhotreri Archangel Temple

The church has annex buildings on three sides, of which the northern and southern buildings are illuminated by rectangular windows with impressive rod frames. 

The western building has its own entrance. To the south are two open arches, which support the capital of a column and the imposts of the walls.

The hall-type church, made of hewn travertine and topped with a dome, is built on a two-layered socle. The entrance to the church is from the south, and its ornamented door dates back to the 11th century.

The Frescoes of Pkhotreri Archangel Temple

The interior of the temple is entirely painted, but the majority of the frescoes no longer retain their original vibrance. At the south of the hall is a semi-circular protruding apse.

Paintings and around ten icons from the 12th-14th centuries are preserved in the Pkhotreri Archangel Temple.

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