Monastery Martvili, Martivili

Martvili Monastery is a Georgian monastic complex located in the village of Martvili in the Martvili District of the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Province of Georgia. It sits upon the highest hill in the vicinity and was of strategic importance.HistoryThe site upon the hill where the monastery stands today was used in ancient times as a pagan cultural center and was a sacred site. There once stood an ancient and enormous oak tree that was worshipped as an idol of fertility and prosperity. Infants were once sacrificed here as well. After the conversion of the native population to Christianity, the ancient tree was cut down so as not to worship it anymore. A church was originally constructed in the late 7th century upon the roots of the old oak tree and was named in honor of Saint Andrew who preached Christianity and converted the pagans across the Samegrelo region.The main Martvili-Chkondidi Cathedral (Mingrelian: Chkoni translates to "oak") was reconstructed in the 10th century after invasions that destroyed the prior church. Preserved in the church are frescoes of the 14th to 17th centuries. Use our Martivili trip planning site to arrange your visit to Monastery Martvili and other attractions in Martivili.
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  • I was surprised to see Dadianebis residence where is a monastry also. yard this monastry was a like a picture it was yard where u want to sleep :))) there was a silent and if u sit in the yard u can.....  more »
  • Martvili monastery is a Georgian monastic complex located in the Martvili District of the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Region of Georgia. It sits upon the highest hill.  more »
  • Very quiet and calm,place
  • This place is so calming and relaxing, the church is filled with tourists and visitors, but it still maintains the ancient, antique look. Looking at it makes imagining how georgia and georigans were hundreds of years ago easier. The church is high up the hill, so after taking a look at the ancient builiding and unique pieces of art inside, carrying history of georgia from hundreds of years ago, you can go out and take a look at breathtaking views from above, or enjoy the nature near by. There also are souvenirs avaliable, which you can take home as a piece of this sightseeing and as an item that'll make the view you've seen hard to forget.
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