Sapara Monastery (Samtskhe-Javakheti)



Sapara Monastery (Samtskhe-Javakheti)

Sapara Monastery is situated in Lesser Caucasus in the south-western part of Georgia, nearby Akhaltsikhe town. The monastery was built in the 10th or 11th century. The oldest part of the monastery are remains of a small church. The dominating building of the monastery grounds is St. Sabas´s Church that dates back to 13th and 14th centuries.
Some fine frescoes have been preserved in the church interior. The monastery starts to deteriorate in the 19th century when Georgia becomes a part of Russia. It was taken over by the Orthodox Church. The monastery was used for a summer piano camp during the Soviet era. Recently, it has been restored and several monks live in the complex, in cave dwellings. Above the monastery, there is a ruin of a medieval fortress.



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