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Khakhuli, Cathedral of the Virgin

Location: Former Khakhuli (Current Bağbaşı), Artvin Province, Uzunderen Region
Place: Turkey, Tao
Dedication: The Virgin
Category: Built
Type: Domed Church, Croix Inscrite/Cross-in-square
Date/Period: Second half of the 10th century
Renovation/Reconstruction: Early 11th century; 14th c.
Layers of the Murals: One layer



The church was built as the Catholikon of the Kakhuli Lavra. Its construction is associated with King David III Curopalates of Tao-Klarjeti. The church is diversely significant by its architecture, relief decoration and painting. Epigraphy of the church has scantily been preserved. The monastery was an important center of literacy in the country.