The Church of St. Stepane Khirseli is actually located in the modern village of Tibaani, rather than the eponymous Khirsa in Kakheti. This is the easternmost site associated with the Thirteen (As)Syrian Fathers and, as with many other of the sites, has little if any evidence of early Christian occupation with the church dating to the medieval period and having been substantially renovated in the seventeenth century. As with a number of these sites a shrine around the saint's purported grave seems to be a relatively new phenomenon.
Date of Visit
4th August 2016
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Emma Loosley, “Khirsa Stepantsminda, Tibaani,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed December 7, 2019, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/735.