Shio-Mgvime Monastery, Mtskheta

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Admire vividly colored Orthodox fresco paintings at Shio-Mgvime Monastery, a medieval monastic complex on the northern bank of the Mtkvari River. Built in the 6th century, the main St. John the Baptist church features an octagonal dome erected over a cross foundation. Backed by steep cliffs fringed with lush vegetation, the monastery stands on a plateau accessed by a paved pathway. Make Shio-Mgvime Monastery part of your personalized Mtskheta itinerary using our Mtskheta online travel planner .
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  • Very secret place, worth a visit. It's all Panshan Road, no public transport. Not even Chinese place names. The colorful frescoes are beautiful. There is no light in the tomb. Charters are recommended.
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  • When I ordered a car for a trip, our transfer guide said that he had not heard of this place. 800 meters in a narrow limestone gorge. The monastery itself, created in the 6th century by one of Georgia's most revered desert monk Sio, who lived here in a cave and preached Christian ...
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  • Awesome lovely monastery. Sweetest memory in the trip. I loved all the way to the church, inside and the dance outside. The souvenir shops. Marvellous architecture.
  • Two separate church buildings on the same site. The older one seems to be a chapel in the underground where as the new one is bigger and newer. The "new" church building has adorable paintings in the interior walls and ceiling.
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