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Sapara Monastery
Discover Sapara, an Orthodox monastic ensemble nestled in the picturesque South Georgia, within the historical Samtskhe region. Just 11 kilometers from the bustling town of Akhaltsikhe, Sapara awaits near the quaint village of Ghreli.

Dating back to the 8th or 9th century, Sapara boasts a rich history. By the 13th century, it fell under the domain of the House of Jakeli, prominent rulers of the Principality of Samtskhe, also known as Samtskhe Atabegate. However, by the 17th century, the expanding Ottoman Empire led to Sapara's abandonment.

Set amidst lush forested gorges and rolling hills, Sapara is a sight to behold. The ensemble comprises churches, along with the remnants of a palace and defensive fortifications.

Among its treasures is St. Mary’s Assumption hall church, a gem from the 10th century adorned with intricate stone carvings and 14th-century frescoes.

Yet, the crowning glory is undoubtedly St. Saba’s domed church, a marvel from the 13th century. Miraculously preserved, this church was commissioned by Beka I Jakeli, ruler of Samtskhe, and crafted by the skilled architect Parezasdze. Its walls are adorned with vivid murals depicting medieval Samtskhe's historical figures and biblical scenes, while a majestic bell tower stands tall beside it.

Throughout the monastery grounds, smaller chapels dating from the 14th to 16th centuries dot the landscape, each with its own story to tell.

Enclosed by imposing defensive walls, Sapara's citadel rests atop a nearby hill, offering sweeping views of the ensemble below.

Driving distance: from Akhaltsikhe – 11 km (20 min); from Borjomi - 57 km (1 h 5 min); from Batumi – 173 km (5 h 15 min); from Tbilisi - 218 km (3 h 17 min)

Working: every day 09:00-18:00

Admission: limited during the liturgy.

Dress code: required