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Tkhoti, Murals of the Church of St. Nino

Building: Tkhoti Church of St. Nino
Layer of the Murals: One Layer
Date/Period: Turn of 10th-11th centuries
Donor(s): Unknown
Painter(s): Unknown
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The interior of the church was decorated with murals. Presently small fragments have survived only in the chancel.



Enthroned Christ is depicted in the conch; an ornament which is hardly discernable now ran below the composition. Remains of the murals have been preserved on the jambs of the chancel windows and near the south capital of the triumphal arch.


René Shmerling, Tejmuraz Barnaveli, “Khram nino-ts’minda na gore Tkhoti” [“The Ninots’minda Church on the Tkhot’i Mountain], Sak’art’velos metsnierebat’a akademiis moambe [Bulletin of the Georgian Academy of Sciences] 6 (1963): 155–67.

Nugzar Andghuladze, Guram Ch’eishvili, “Ninots’mindis eklesia” [“Ninots’minda Church”], in Sak’art’velos istoriisa da kulturis dzeglt’a aghts’eriloba [The Survey of the Historical and Cultural Monuments of Georgia] 5 (Tbilisi,1990), 138.