Lurji Monastery

Tbilisi, Georgia

The Lurji Monastery is a 12th-century Georgian Orthodox church built in the name of Saint Andrew in the Vere neighborhood of Tbilisi. The popular historical name lurji ('blue') is derived from its roof, adorned with glazed blue tile.

The original edifice of the Lurji Monastery was built in the 1180s, in the reign of Queen Tamar. It was a domed cross-in-square design, with a pair of dome-bearing columns and an extended apse. A lengthy inscription in the southern tympanum, in the medieval Georgian asomtavruli script, identifies a sponsor, Basil, the former archbishop of Kartli. The heavily damaged church was restored as a three-nave brick basilica, without a dome, in the 17th century. In the 18th century, the church was in possession of the Gabashvili noble family. In 1873, under the Russian rule, the church was reconstructed, according to Aleksandr Chizhov's project, with new brick walls attached and a new round dome, alien to the Georgian architectural forms, was added. A new church, that of St. John the Theologian, a typical Russian design, was built south to the Lurji Monastery, under the viceroy Grigory Galitzine from 1898 to 1901.

During the Soviet era, the Lurji Monastery building was used as a factory, a warehouse, and finally, as the Museum of Georgian Medicine. In 1990, the Lurji Monastery was restored to the Georgian Orthodox Church and Christian services were resumed. In 1995, the old dome was replaced with a new conical one which was more in line with traditional Georgian design. Of the original 12th-century structure, only an apse with large windows adorned with fretwork framing, lower half of southern wall, and a couple of stone rows of western and northern façades survive.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Georgia

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Александр Озеранский (2 years ago)
Очень маленький монастырь! Но не встретил ни одного монаха или священника! Храм открыт но никого нет! Рядом храм где идут службы на церковно славянском языке основан царицей Тамарой!
Inga Kakhiani (3 years ago)
levan endeladze (3 years ago)
This church was built in the 12 century by Georgian Queen Tamar. It is located in the center of Tbilisi, in the ,,Vera Park". I recommend to visit it
Davit Tevzadze (4 years ago)
ლურჯი მონასტერი — ძველი ქართული ხუროთმოძღვრების ძეგლი თბილისში. აღმართულია მტკვრის მარჯვენა ნაპირზე, ახლანდელი ვერის პარკთან (ძველი გაბაანთხევი), ლეო ქიაჩელის ქუჩის №25-ში. ადმოცემით, სოფელ ვერის მამათა მონასტერი VII საუკუნეში დაარსდა. „თუ შემორჩენილი ძველი ნაშთებით ვიმსჯელებთ, გაუქმებული მამათა მონასტერი, რომელსაც ადგილობრი ვიმოსახლეობა „ლურჯ მონასტერს“ ეძახის, იკავებდა უზარმაზარ ტერიტორიას, რომელზედაც ახლა ყორღანოვის ორი ქუჩა გაშენდა, “ – ვკითხულობთ 1896 წლის „საქართველოს საექსარხოსოს სასულიერო მოამბეში“. წმინდა ანდრია პირველწოდებულის ეკლესიის დღევანდელი შენობა აგებულია XII საუკუნის ბოლოს ძველი ეკლესიის ადგილზე. გუმბათის ლურჯი შორენკეცით მოპირკეთების გამო მისთვის “ლურჯი მონასტერი” შეურქმევიათ. ტაძრის სამხრეთ კედელში დატანებულ კარის ტიმპანზე არსებულმა ცხრასტრიქონიანმა წარწერამ შემოგვინახა აღმშენებელის ვინაობა. ის ქართლის ყოფილი მთავარეპისკოპოსის ბასილის „ნაცვალსაგებლად“ თავისთვის, თავის „საყუარლისა ძმისა“ ერისთავთ-ერისთავის, ქართლის ამირთა-ამირის აბულასანისათვის საგვარეულო „საძვლედ“ აუგია: ”ვაშენე (ტაძარი) ნაცვალსაგებელად ჩემთვის და საყვარლისა ძმისა ჩემისა ერისთავთერისთავისა, ქართლისა ამირთა ამირასა, რუჲსთვისა და შვიდთა მთეულეთთა პატრონისა აბულასანისათვის”. VII საუკუნეში დაარსებული მამათა მონასტერი XVI საუკუნეში სპარსელების შემოსევას შეეწირა. ამ პერიოდის შემდეგ მონასტერი აღარ აღდგენილა. ეკლესია XVII საუკუნეში აგურით აღადგინეს. 1745 წელს ვახუშტი მას მოიხსენიებს როგორც წმინდა გიორგის მონასტერს და აღნიშნავს, რომ მასში „ მხოლოდ ერთი მღვდელიღაა“. ვახუშტი ამ ეკლესიას „ლურჯ მონასტერს“ უწოდებს.
JORJ TRAVEL Georgia Tour (5 years ago)
Beautiful monastery in the city center
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