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Kumurdo, Cathedral of the Virgin

Location: Kumurdo, Akhalkalaki Municipality
Place: Georgia, Javakheti
Dedication: The Virgin
Category: Built
Type: Domed Church, Polyapsidal
Date/Period: 964
Renovation/Reconstruction: 1027-1072 (Porch); 16th c.
Layers of the Murals: Three layers

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


The church was built as a cathedral of an old eparchy of Kumurdo in 964 by architect Sakotsari. It was commissioned by Bishop Ioane of Kumurdo during the reign of King Leon III of Abkhazia. The structure was probably renovated by Bishop Zosime of Kumurdo in the first half of the eleventh century under King Bagrat IV and Queen Mariam. The church was renovated again in the 16th century by patron Elisabed and her family under Bishop Zosime II of Kumurdo. The church is interesting by its architecture, sculpted décor, multilayer painting and numerous lapidary inscriptions. The monastery was one of the most important education centers of the country for many centuries.