Jvari Monastery Mtskheta, Georgia

Jvari Monastery (Holy Cross Monastery) is a Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century near Mtskheta. There is the same name Georgian Jvari Monastery also located in Jerusalem Israel.

Remains of Jvari Monastery

Remains of Jvari Monastery

Jvari Monastery is on a top of the hill at the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers, overlooking the town of Mtskheta, which was formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Iberia.

Jvari Monastery (Holy Cross Monastery)

Jvari Monastery (Holy Cross Monastery)

Facade of the Jvari Monastery

Facade of the Jvari Monastery

Icon of the monastery, “Saint Nino and Nino Cross”

Icon of the monastery, “Saint Nino and Nino Cross”

According to traditional accounts, on this location in the early 4th century Saint Nino
credited with converting King Mirian III of Iberia Kingdom to Christianity, erected a large wooden cross on the site of a pagan temple.

Saint Nino’s Wooden Cross

Saint Nino’s Wooden Cross

The cross was reportedly able to work miracles and therefore drew pilgrims from all
over the Caucasus.

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