Alaverdi Monastery

Coordinates: 42°01′57″N 45°22′38″E / 42.032497°N 45.377108°E / 42.032497; 45.377108
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Alaverdi Monastery
ალავერდის მონასტერი
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Alaverdi Monastery
AffiliationGeorgian Orthodox Church
RegionSouth Caucasus
Location25 km from Akhmeta, Kakheti Province (Mkhare), Georgia
Alaverdi Monastery is located in Georgia
Alaverdi Monastery
Shown within Georgia
Alaverdi Monastery is located in Kakheti
Alaverdi Monastery
Alaverdi Monastery (Kakheti)
Geographic coordinates42°01′57″N 45°22′38″E / 42.032497°N 45.377108°E / 42.032497; 45.377108
StyleGeorgian; Monastery
FounderMonk Joseph (Yoseb, Amba) Alaverdeli
Funded byKvirike III of Kakheti
Completed6th-11th centuries

Alaverdi Monastery (Georgian: ალავერდის მონასტერი) is a Georgian Eastern Orthodox monastery located 25 km (16 mi) from Akhmeta, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. While parts of the monastery date back to 6th century, the present day cathedral was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti, replacing an older church of St. George. It is considered one of the four Great Cathedrals of the Georgian Orthodox world.[1]


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 a height of over 55 m (180 ft), Alaverdi Cathedral was the tallest religious building in Georgia, until the construction of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, which was consecrated in 2004. However its overall size is 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.[2] The cellar has been dated to between the 10th and 12th centuries.[3]


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  1. ^ Alaverdi Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  2. ^ "I Am Wine: Alaverdi Monastery Cellar". Archived from the original on 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  3. ^ ალავერდის მონასტერი (The Alaverdi Monastery). Chakiduli Tkhemebi, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia: Monastery of Saint John the Baptist. ISBN 978-9941-0-2564-8.