|Location||25 km from Akhmeta, Kakheti Province (Mkhare), Georgia|
|Affiliation||Georgian Orthodox Church|
|Architectural type||Georgian; Monastery|
|Founder||Monk Joseph (Yoseb, Amba) Alaverdeli|
|Funded by||Kvirike III of Kakheti|
Alaverdi Monastery (Georgian: ალავერდი მონასტერი) is a Georgian Orthodox monastery located 25 km from Akhmeta, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. Parts of the monastery date back to 6th century. The present day cathedral dates to the 11th century.
The monastery was founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph (Yoseb, Amba) Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi, then a small village and former pagan religious center dedicated to the Moon. At the beginning of the 11th century, Kvirike III of Kakheti built a cathedral that is today known as Alaverdi Cathedral, in the place of a small church of St. George. At a height of over 55 meters, Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia, after Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, which was consecrated in 2004. It's overall size is also smaller than the cathedral of Svetitskhoveli in Mtskheta. The monastery is the focus of the annual religious celebration Alaverdoba. Situated in the heart of the world's oldest wine region, the monks also make their own wine, known as Alaverdi Monastery Cellar.
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