Explore the Origins of Ancient Christianity and More!
Georgia, with it’s rich history of trade and transport along the Silk Route, is understandably bursting with religious history and the corresponding monuments to show for it.
As a primarily Christian country, Georgia’s journey of faith dates back to the original apostles, Simon and Andrew, who came to Georgia to preach the Good News. Since then, Georgian Christians (who are primarily Orthodox) have developed a rich history that is well worth exploring!
A sampling of key religious sights in Georgia include:
- The Metekhi Temple in Tbilisi – built by King Vakhtang I Gorgasali in the 12th century, the church was a fortress and the king’s residence all in one. The name "Metekhi” means "the area around the palace”
- The St. Abo Church in Tbilisi – named after the martyred Iraqi convert, who was burned alive on the site where the church now stands in 786.
- The Great Synagogue in Tbilisis – erected by Jews from Akhalcikhe, who settled in Tbilisi in the late 19th century, the Great Synagogue is also called the "synagogue of the people of Akhalcikhe”.
- The Davit Gareja in Kakheti – a Georgian Orthodox monastery within a cave on Mount Gareja. Hollowed from the rock face, this 6th Century monastery contains hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters.
- The Ninocminda Monastery – built starting in the 5th Century, this is the first cross-dombed church in Georgia.
- The Alaverdi Monastery – Founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph in the 6th Century, the current monastery was built in the 11th Century, and was one of the premier universities of its day during the 10th to 13th Centuries.
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