Raketi St. Nicholas Church

Raketi St. Nicholas Church

Located at 940 m above sea level, Oni Village is one of the most popular destinations in the mountainous part of Racha Region. Approximately 100 residents dwell in houses with balustrades sunk into the green landscape. Oni is worth visiting for the wonderful hospitality of its people and some really old historical monuments such as St Nicholas Church.
Racha-Lechkhumi & Kvemo Svaneti

The Architecture of Raketi St. Nicholas Church 

This hall-type, single-nave church was built in the XI century and has three entrances, on the south, west, and north side. The church was constructed with tufa and carved quadro stone and adorned with rich carvings and reliefs. Doors, windows, and the east façade are plastered with whitish limestone. 

Raketi St. Nikolozi Church was reconstructed in the 1970s and the iconostasis, adorned by refined carving, was partially recovered. Its original fallen parts are kept at the church. 

Scientists found inscriptions on the east façade as follows: “St. Nicholas, you are the miracle worker and lord of the centuries, be the patron of Kakha and Adelaida who built this church every day of their lives”.    

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