Ninotsminda Monastery

Nestled in the village of Ninotsminda in Georgia's Kakheti region, the historic Ninotsminda Monastery complex stands as a testament to the resilience of the Georgian church and its people. Named after Saint Nino, this 7th-century cathedral has inspired countless poets and kings throughout the centuries.

The monastery complex comprises the church of St. Nino, a four-story brick bell tower from the 16th century, the ruins of other buildings, and the two-story palace of Metropolitan Saba Tusisshvili, built between 1774 and 1777. The main church was built on an ancient idol site, and its unique design features a large domed space with a star-shaped structure from the outside. Over 1,200 years, Ninotsminda Cathedral has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, with only the altar remaining intact. The walls and towers, typical of Georgian churches, served as places of shelter during wartime.

The Ninotsminda Monastery has enjoyed the patronage of various kings of Kakheti and Kartli throughout its history, including Levan, Aleksandre, Davit I, Rostom, and Archil. The monastery was once home to a rich library, which sadly did not survive to the present day. However, it continues to be a hub of spiritual and cultural activity.

In recent years, monastic life at Ninotsminda has been revived, with a convent opening at the end of the 20th century. The Diocese of Sagarejo-Ninotsminda was restored in 2003, and the cathedral now serves as the diocese's residence. As you explore this historic site, immerse yourself in the timeless beauty and rich heritage of Ninotsminda Monastery, a beacon of faith in the heart of Georgia.

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