Jvari's Mama (St. Cross Church), constructed in the second half of the 5th century, resembles the church of the Lord’s tomb on Golgotha. For a long time, it was competing with the Georgian churches in Jerusalem.
The existing building was constructed in the 16th century, next door to Norashen and Sioni (Zion) churches; in the first half of the 19th century it was repaired by the wish of the abbot Benedict (an episcopate of Bethlehem in Palestine).
During the Soviet regime the book warehouse was arranged inside the church. Later, in 1983 the reconstruction of the nearby territory of Jvaris Mama was carried out: all the residential houses and taverns nearby were removed, the book warehouse was abolished. The church started functioning again in 1989.
Entrance: every day, free of charge, limited during the service
Dress code: required
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