Ateni Sioni Church
|Location:||Ateni, Gori Municipality|
|Place:||Georgia, Shida Kartli|
|Dedication:||Dormition of Holy Virgin|
|Type:||Domed Church, Tetraconch|
|Renovation/Reconstruction:||8th c.; 10th c.; 13th c.|
|Layers of the Murals:||Two layers|
The present tetraconch was built on the place of the earlier, 5th-century basilica in the seventh century. It was partly restored in the tenth century under the guidance of Todosak. The church is important in many respects – its typological features, the sculpted décor of the façade, multi-layer painting and inscriptions of many kinds – it is one of the most significant monuments of Georgian epigraphy: it contains several dozens of frescos, incised and lapidary inscriptions whose chronology ranges between the seventh century and the late Middle Ages.