Kvetera Church is a Georgian Orthodox church in a historic fortified town of Kvetera in Kakheti.

Kvetera Church was built in the early part of the 10th century. It is a relatively small church and resembles the Georgian cross-dome style of architecture. The dome rests on a round tympanum and rises over the central square pace. The Projections end in an apse, which have niches between them. The facade of the church is not designed with a lot of ornaments which is typical for Kakhetian churches. Most of the facade is decorated with symmetrical arches.

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Unnamed Road, Akhmeta, Georgia
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Founded: 10th century
Category: Religious sites in Georgia

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Albert Yung (10 months ago)
A small old Orthodox Church (with minimum refurbishment) in a remote area. The last 1km is an off roaf up hill trek requires a high clearance vehicle. Not recommended to climb on rainy days. Doesn't worth dedicated effort to visit.
Nikoloz Tskvitinidze (15 months ago)
Kvetera Church was built in the first half of the 10th century. Has very unique architecture.
Michael Kochiashvili (2 years ago)
Kvetera Church is a Georgian Orthodox church in a historic fortified town of Kvetera in Kakheti. Kvetera Church was built in the early part of the 10th century.
Luke Beer (2 years ago)
Epic chance discovery . Not a tourist around. Bring your own wine.
Ivan V (4 years ago)
Nice and quite place. A 4x4 with high clearance is a must to get there (final 1km). The rest of the drive is also difficult (no pavement)
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