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When I was in Georgia a few years ago, I was in Mtskheta but not in Jvari and it rained heavily, so I wanted to visit it for the second time.
Jvari Monastery (Georgian: ჯვრის მონასტერი) is a sixth century Georgian Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta, eastern Georgia. Along with other historic structures of Mtskheta, it is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Jvari Monastery stands on the rocky mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the town of Mtskheta, which was formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Iberia.

According to traditional accounts, on this location in the early 4th century Saint Nino, a female evangelist credited with converting King Mirian III of Iberia to Christianity, erected a large wooden cross on the site of a pagan temple. The cross was reportedly able to work miracles and therefore drew pilgrims from all over the Caucasus. A small church was erected over the remnants of the wooden cross in c.545 named the "Small Church of Jvari".

The present building, or "Great Church of Jvari", is generally held to have been built between 590 and 605 by Erismtavari Stepanoz I. (Wikipedia),


From Jvari there is a fantastic view of Mtskheta and the rivers. Svetiskhoveli Cathedral is in the middle. Notice that two rivers have a different colour.

The bigger picture (in fact, too big, I made an error) you can see here.

Maybe Gert would prefer this picture of photographers photographed.

Another view of Svetiskhoveli with the jvari church on the left side.

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