Kvabiskhevi Church


The Kvabiskhevi church of the Dormition is also known as Mariamtsminda. It is a medieval Georgian Orthodox church, situated 2 km northwest of the village of Kvabiskhevi in the Borjomi Municipality. A three-nave basilica, the church was constructed in the 8th or 9th century on a high rocky mountain slope, overlooking a steep descent into the deep river canyon. The church is also popular for its 12th–13th-century fresco portrait of the young nobleman named Shota, who is popularly believed to be the poet Shota Rustaveli. The Kvabiskhevi church is featured on the list of Immovable Cultural Monuments of National Significance of Georgia.

The most decorated part of the Basilica is the western doorway, over the upper plate of which, in small circles, are engraved three simple crosses, which gives us the knowledge to date the church to the 8th or 9th centuries. On the north wall, on a green and gray background, two people are depicted – a man with the name “Shota” and a woman with the name “Iai”. Presumably they were the owners of the church. The rest of the paintings are in fragments.

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