Photographer's Note

Jvari - Jvari Monastery

The picture is taken in the center of the small town of Mtskheta.
On the rocky mountaintop you see the Jvari Monastery (Monastery of the Cross).
This monastery has been built in the 6th century. In the workshop you find a closer view of the monastery.

Information from Wikipedia:
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.

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