Zarzma monastery


Crowned with one of the largest belfries in Georgia, the Zarzma Monastery of the Transfiguration boasts a domed church and a complex of buildings. They were built starting in the 8th century by Serapion of Zarzma. This site is fully functional and inhabited by Georgian monks. It was reconstructed towards the end of the 19th century, following previous centuries of abandonment after the Ottoman conquest in the 16th century. Art lovers will enjoy interior wall paintings that feature the portraits of Samtskhe rulers and historical figures. It is located in Zarzma, in the Adigeni municipality.

Although the church is under construction right now, travelers can enjoy the beautiful chant of monks during church services on Saturday and Sunday (also during holidays). Zarzma monks are famous for their incredible voices. 

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