ateni sioni temple

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  • Ateni Sioni Temple

Ateni Sioni Temple is nestled between green rolling hills near the town of Gori.  An integral part of the tours to Georgia, the famous medieval structure was built in the 7th century. The architecture of Ateni Sioni Temple is simple yet lovely, decorated on the exterior with a multitude of engraved stone ornamentation, while the interior walls are covered in beautiful ancient mural paintings dating back to at least the 11th century.

The church is very similar to the Jvari Monastery at Mtskheta, which is generally held to have preceded it.

The walls of the church covered by Mural painting and contains the first inscriptions in Nuskha-Khutsuri, one of the versions of the early Georgian alphabet, dating from 835. There is another first example of Georgian script - Mkhedruli, a currently used and date back to the 980s. One of the inscriptions at the church commemorates Adarnase, the first documented Georgian Bagratid nobleman who was the father of Ashot I, the founder of the new royal line of Georgia

Although much more distinct in appearance than the Atskuri, the Ateni Sioni also blends in with the gently curving hillside landscape. Travel to Georgia includes a stop here for tourists to appreciate the harmonious blend of architecture and nature.

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