Phoka nunnery shop, Javakheti region, Georgia
Phoka farming, near Paravani lake, Georgia
Phoka St. Nino Monastery, Javakheti region, Georgia
Phoka handicrafts, Paravani, Georgia
Phoka nunnery jam collection
Phoka nunnery, Paranavi Lake, Georgia
Phoka nunnery, Georgia
Monastery of Poka, Samtskhe-Javakheti Region, Georgia
St. Nino Monastery of Poka , Javakheti province, South Georgia.
Phoka St. Nino Monastery nunnery that is operating up to this day, was established in 1993, next to the medieval church of St. Nino, built in the 11th century, ( 1030-1040), by the order of Ioane V Okropiri, Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia.
Phoka has a special symbolic value for Christians in Georgia. According to legend, St. Nino – Cappadocian missionary, who brought a new faith in Georgia in the 4th century, entered the country from the south through, Samtskhe-Javakheti province and spent two days near the lake Paravani. Here, St. Nino had a vision from Lord, who asked her to go to the capital Mtskheta and visit the king of Iberia – Mirian. So, Christianized Georgia state starts a new history from this place.
The Nunnery actively participates in public life, and operates a school, medical cabinet and enamel workshop, which are accessed by many locals.
Great attention is paid to the agricultural activities and animal farming, grain-growing, crop growing, management of gourd field and greenhouses. Nunnery runs a small shop, where only local products are displayed:
Driving distance from Tsalka is 43.5 km (47 min); from Akhalkalaki 48.2 km (45 min ); from Tbilisi - 150 km (2 hr 39 min )
Working: every day 09:00-18:00
Admission: limited during the liturgy
To book private tour, please, contact travel specialist here.