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Tsvirmi village, Ipari community, Svaneti

The Church of the Holy Archangels in Tsvirmi village in Ipari community in Svaneti is C9th. It obviously had an additional aisle to the south side originally that may well have terminated in an apse, but this has now been destroyed leaving a square U-shaped anthrax around the west end of the church that is clearly used for village feasts. It is equipped with benches, tables and other equipment necessary for festal meals. To the south of the church is a ruined structure that shows evidence of fallen arches amongst the masonry and which the local people claim to have plundered for the arches in narthex of the church. The villagers believe the ruins to be those of an even earlier church.

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Nakipari village, Ipari community, Svaneti

The Church of St. George in the village of Nakipari in the Ipari community in Svaneti is C10th and is known for its animal sculptures on the eastern façade of the building as well as for the interior frescoes painted by Tevdoré.

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Zhibiani village, Ushguli community, Svaneti

The monastery of Lamaria (Dormition of the Virgin) lies to the north of Zhibiani village in Ushguli community in Svaneti. Ushguli is the highest inhabited collection of villages in Europe and lies more than 2,200 metres above sea level. The monastery is being restored and a new community of monks has settled there post-communism. The church has not been damaged by too much intervention and, as with many other Svan churches, has an additional apses aisle to the south. This connects to the main chapel only by the narthex and has a cauldron in front of the altar for ritual animal sacrifice. In the main chapel there are interesting stone niches built into the iconostasis that do not correspond exactly to ambons and are of unclear liturgical function. The church is C10th.

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Iprari village, Kala community, Svaneti

The Church of the Holy Archangels in Iprari village in the Kala community in Svaneti has a fresco cycle painted by the artist Tevdoré at the end of the C11th. It includes a Deesis in the apse.

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Nesguni village, Lenjeri community, Svaneti

The C9th Church of the Saviour in Nesguni village in the Lenjeri community in Svaneti.

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Lashtkhveri village, Lenjeri community, Svaneti

The Church of the Holy Archangels in Lashtkveri village in the Lenjeri community in Svaneti has frescoes on both its both its north and south sides dating to the C14th-C15th. The northern side depicts a scene from the ancient Georgian Amiran-Darejiani romance.

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Lashtkhveri village, Lenjeri community, Svaneti

The Church of St. Gabriel in the village of Lashtkveri in Lenjeri community, Svaneti is also known as Mkheri Church.

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Lagami vilage, Mestia community, Svaneti

The Church of the Saviour in Lagami, in the Mestia community in Svaneti is extremely unusual in being a two storied church. The lower church was built in the C10th and possesses an C11th-C12th fresco cycle. Above it is the C14th upper church which has both interior and exterior frescoes.

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Yenashi village, Latali Community, Svaneti

The Church of the Prophet Jonah in Yenashi Village in the Latali Community, Svaneti is C14th but reflects earlier Georgian practice by having a semi-open south aisle terminating in an apse to the south of the main nave of the building.

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Matskhvarishi village, Latali community, Svaneti

The Church of the Holy Archangels in Matskhvarishi village in the Latali community in Svaneti is C14th. As with other later churches in Svaneti, its relevance to this project is the fact that it preserves and reflects earlier traditions - not least that Svaneti has the largest concentration of frescoes in Georgia with some dating back to the C9th-C10th. This church has remnants of the Svan practice of decorating church exteriors with C16th frescoes still extant on the apse exterior. This is especially unusual given the harsh climate of Svaneti in the winter months.

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