Timotesubani Monastery

Tsaghveri, Georgia

Timotesubani is a medieval Georgian Orthodox Christian monastic complex located at the eponymous village in the Borjomi Gorge.

The complex consists of a series of structures built between the 11th and 18th centuries, of which the Church of the Dormition is the largest and artistically most exquisite edifice constructed during the 'Golden Age' of medieval Georgia under Queen Tamar (r. 1184-1213). A contemporary inscription commemorates the Georgian nobleman Shalva of Akhaltsikhe as a patron of the church.

The church is a domed cross-in-square design built of pink stone, with three apses projecting on the east. Its dome rests upon the two freely standing pillars and ledges of the altar. Later, two – the western and southern – portals were added.

The interior was extensively frescoed in no later than 1220s. The Timotesubani murals are noted for their vivacity and complexity of iconographic program. These frescoes were cleaned and studied by E. Privalova and colleagues in the 1970s and underwent emergency treatment and conservation with aid from the World Monuments Fund and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in the 2000s.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Georgia


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Suna (16 months ago)
What a beautiful place. The road there is a bit bumpy but worth a visit. Beautiful church and surroundings. Church of the Virgin Mary 12-13th century
George Isaev (17 months ago)
The old peaceful monastery, as my friend said once: 'In Germany a lot of church where you can feel a hand of mastership, but here you can feel a hand of God'
Raghavendra Shetti (20 months ago)
Nice place this very old church I was seen some history
irakli Chutlashvili (2 years ago)
Timotesubani Virgin Mary Monastery was built on the eve of the XII-XIII centuries in the village of Timotesubani, municipality of Borjomi. It was built by Shalva Eristavt-Eristavi Akhaltsikheli, the owner of the Tori. The central temple is in the name of Virgin Mary and is Georgia's one of the most important monuments. The dome is decorated with azure bricks. The height of the temple (with a cross) is 28 meters, width -19 meters and length- 11 meters. The windows on the north wall are built up and painted. Temple painting dates back to the years 1205-1215 (epoch of Queen Tamar) and is unique. We can say that the painting of the temple is one of the most sophisticated for its era. Most of the frescoes survived to our days.
Tamar Putkaradze (2 years ago)
Walk with your friends and get relaxation
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