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Laghami, Church of Savior (“Matskhvar”)

Location: Laghami, Mestia Community, Mestia Municipality
Place: Georgia, Zemo Svaneti
Dedication: Savior ("Matskhvar")
Category: Built
Type: Domeless Church, Hall church
Date/Period: Lower Church - 10th c.; Upper Church - 14th c.
Layers of the Murals: Three layers

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


The small hall-type church was built in the tenth century. Later, in the 14th century, with the aim of reinforcement, the walls of the church were built up outside and a new, also hall-type church of rather large dimensions was built upon it. At the same time, the structure was annexed by a two-storied narthex on the west.