Alaverdi Monastery

Akhmeta, Georgia

Alaverdi Monastery is a Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery located 25 km from Akhmeta. While parts of the monastery date back to 6th century, the present day cathedral was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti, replacing an older church of St. George.

The monastery was founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi, then a small village and former pagan religious center dedicated to the Moon. At a height of over 55 m, Alaverdi Cathedral was the tallest religious building in Georgia, until the construction of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, which was consecrated in 2004.

The monastery is the focus of the annual religious celebration Alaverdoba. Situated in the heart of the world's oldest wine region, the monks also make their own wine, known as Alaverdi Monastery Cellar.

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Founded: 6th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Georgia

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Vano Pukhauri (14 months ago)
Great monastery and fortress.Really beautiful place in the heart of Alazani valley,the homeland of wine makers.
mekx (14 months ago)
Great historical place with rich history
Megobari Tours Georgia (14 months ago)
Beautiful monastery in Kakheti region of Georgia. Beautiful outside, surrounded with vineyards, and very peaceful inside!
Matthias Hartmann (14 months ago)
Very scenic location, a must for a Georgia visit
Ольга Г (14 months ago)
It's amazing place. It is Blessed. When you light a candle in a monastery, the peace in the soul.
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