The mountain is notable for a medieval Georgian Orthodox monastery built there in honor of St. George who, according to a local legend, wore a black cloak (Georgian: shavi nabadi, hence the mountain’s name) when leading the army of the king of Georgia in one of the victorious battles. The monastery is known for its rare variety of wine, also called Shavnabada, made by the monks.
- (Georgian) List of churches and monasteries in the Mtskheta-Tbilisi Diocese. Unofficial website of the Georgian Orthodoxy. Accessed on September 28, 2007.