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Zhibiani, Church of the Virgin (“Lamaria”)

Location: Zhibiani, Ushguli Community, Mestia Municipality
Place: Georgia, Zemo Svaneti
Dedication: The Virgin ("Lamaria")
Category: Built
Type: Domeless Church, Hall church
Date/Period: 9th-10th cc.
Renovation/Reconstruction: 11th c.
Layers of the Murals: Four Layers

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


An ambulatory annexed later runs along the south and west of Zhibiani church of the Virgin. It has preserved a number of incised commemorative inscriptions whose chronology cover the period between the 11th and the 18th centuries. Among these most remarkable are commemorative inscriptions of Giorgi Mamasakhlisi of the 11th century (the name is known from the inscription outlined in the murals of Chvabiani church too), Roman Natiani of the 11th -12th cc, Iovane Suani of the 12th c., etc.