Gergeti Trinity Church

Gergeti, Georgia

Gergeti Trinity Church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri (the left tributary of the river Terek), at an elevation of 2170 meters, under Mount Kazbegi.

The Gergeti Trinity Church was built in the 14th century, and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province. The separate belltower dates from the same period as the church itself. Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia. The 18th century Georgian author Vakhushti Batonishvili wrote that in times of danger, precious relics from Mtskheta, including Saint Nino's Cross were brought here for safekeeping. During the Soviet era, all religious services were prohibited, but the church remained a popular tourist destination. The church is now an active establishment of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church

The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the area, and can be reached by a steep 1 1/2 hour climb up the mountain, or around 30 minutes by jeep up a rough mountain trail.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Georgia

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Ashwin Ramkumar (10 months ago)
Beautiful viewpoint of the surrounding mountains. Lovely building with traditional architecture. Only problem being that to get to the church, the road is very steep and bumpy. Not for those who are travel sick. Tip : Try not to eat any or much food or drinks before leaving.
Dhruv Kapoor (11 months ago)
Beautiful Monastery on top of the mountain. We took a taxi from Rooms Hotel in Kazbegi from where we could see this place. Felt surreal to be up there and look at the beautiful valleys around it. The church was very nice and serene as well. A must do trip in your visit to Kazbegi.!
Zara.z (13 months ago)
Absolutely breathtaking views, the mountain is amazingly beautiful. So much to see and discover all around. The church stands on top of the mountain and is such a lovely sight. Definitely worth the visit despite being a long trip.
Razin Alfarra (16 months ago)
One of the best places to visit in Georgia. fantastic view of the church with a mind blowing mountains and Kazbegi city views. In the winter only 4x4 cars can reach there also I don’t recommend to drive to there if you don’t have enough driving experience on the snow and iced roads you can find a lot of local drivers with their 4x4 cars you can rent a tour by 50-70 GEL. Try visiting before the sunset so that you can get great photos of the church with clear mountains and city views. ????
Lex Universe (16 months ago)
Definitely the most iconic landmark of Georgia. Beautiful ancient monastery located on top of the mountain with amazing views of the surrounding Caucasus and if the weather is fine - the Mount Kazbegi overshadowing it More on my YouTube channel Lex Universe
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