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Gareja, Mravaltsq’aro Monastery, Church of the Virgin

Location: Gareja Desert, Gardabani Municipality
Place: Georgia, Kakheti
Dedication: The Virgin
Category: Rock-Cut
Type: Domeless Church, Hall church
Date/Period: Mid-9th century
Layers of the Murals: One layer



It is presumed that carving out of the church and decorating it with murals, as well as arranging of the monastic center there took place when building activities and pilgrimage became more intense in the Gareja monastic complex during the life of St. Ilarion Kartveli. The church preserves over fifty incised inscriptions that refer to either construction, commemoration or supplication and are executed between the ninth and the thirteenth centuries.