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Chvabiani, Church of the Ascension (“Matskhvar”)

Location: Chvabiani, Muzhali Community, Mestia Municipality
Place: Georgia, Zemo Svaneti
Dedication: Ascension ("Matskvar")
Category: Built
Type: Domeless Church, Hall church
Date/Period: 10th c.
Layers of the Murals: Three layers

First Layer of Murals  Second Layer of Murals  Third Layer of Murals


The church was built and embellished with painting under the donorship of three brothers – Bende, Amrola and Michael – of the Amroleans family, during the reign of the King of the Abkhazaians (probably Bagrat III) and the rule of the Eristavi Vakhtang (Vakhdang). Names of historical persons are mentioned in fresco inscriptions (see in the paintings), as well as on the graffito (inscription of the Eristavi Vakhdang) that also date to the 10th century.