Once you’re done marvelling at the beauty outside the church, it’s time to step in and see why the World Culture Preservation Fund has included the church on its list. Inside, you’ll find a spectacular fresco of the Saviour, as well as a 20-square-metre Judgment Day composition.
This 11th-century monastery complex has beautified the village for generations, accepting worshippers and visitors from across the world. Historical sources tell us that the complex was in a constant state of development between the 11th and 18th centuries.
The main church is also a work of art. Built between the 12th and 13th centuries, it was constructed of Georgian rose-coloured bricks. Measuring 28 metres in height (including its cross) and with a width of 19 metres, the church’s nave is supported by protuberances from the altar and two freestanding beams.
In the monastery’s yard, you will find cells for monks to live in, while higher up is the single-nave St. Barbare Basilica. A vaulted crypt is also preserved here.