Samsari Church


Samsari church and settlement has a domed church carved out of Mt. Samsari rock and a monastery complex dating back to 10th century. It is situated in the river canyon near the village of Patara”little” Samsari. Traces of the monastery extend along the entire canyon. The main church is domed and hewn from the rock, highly accurate in form and proportion and equal to any brick or stone-built church. Its forms are perfect and delicate. In addition to the main church, there is a refectory, small and larger chapels, and monastic cells. In the canyon there are many two or three-story caves, however, the complex is rather damaged and many of its caves have collapsed.

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