Motsameta monastery complex

Motsameta monastery complex (8th-11th CC) is beautifully situated between the valleys of two rivers near Kutaisi. In the 8th century, brothers David and Konstantine Mkheidzes, the Lords of the region, were assassinated here by Arabs, for refusing to convert to Islam.

The old church was destroyed. A present monastery complex was built on the site of the old church by King Bagrat in 11th century. “Motsameta” monastery means “monastery of martyrs”. The sacred remains of the brothers are kept in the Crypt of the church.

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