Shiomghvime means 'the caves of Shio'. Shio was one of the Thirteen (As)Syrian Fathers and he is reputed to have settled in caves to the west of Mtskheta and it is here that the monastery complex need for him is located. The buildings are of many different periods, meaning that claims that one of the churches dates back to the C6th is difficult to verify.
Date of Visit
7th July 2013
Emma Loosley & Peter Leeming
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Emma Loosley, “Shiomghvime,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed June 27, 2019, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/125.