The church at Zarzma was built between the C10th and C16th at a site that is associated with St. Basil, an C8th holy man. There is believed to have been a church on this site since the C8th and a miraculous C9th icon is also linked with the site. Fragments of this icon are still extant in the Art Museum in Tbilisi and in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
The monastery of Sapara dates from the C13th-C14th. It is a metochion of the monastery of St. Saba in Palestine and is currently a seminary of the Georgian Orthodox Church.