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Djvari

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30 minutes by car from Tbilisi
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Djvari

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

Djvari may be Georgia's most beautiful historical and natural site. It is Georgia's shrine to its conversion to Christianity and a major architectural achievement, and one of the country's must see monuments.

My suggestion:
You should go to Mtskheta, the country's former capital, first, and admire the silhouette of Djvari from below. Then go on to Djvari so you can get an overview of the whole historical complex.
My review

The site of Djavri is quite simply staggering. It looks like it was inspired by god rather than built by men. It's visible from the four corners of the valley which lead to Tbilisi from Kartlie.

According to the legend, in the 4th century Saint NIno planted the first cross (djvari in Georgian) in Georgia there (made from grapevines) , before converting the royal family in Mtskheta.

Afterwards the Georgian kings had a monastery built of which only the church remains today. But what splendid remains! As well as being beautifully perched right on the edge of a rocky peak, Djvari is the best example of 7th century Caucasian style, an architectural design unique to Orthodox churches. People from Tbilisi often go to Djvari to get married, so if you go there on a Saturday you may be able to see the site during a celebration.