Samtavro is the place just outside the ancient settlement of Mtskheta where St. Nino is believed to have lived. A small chapel thought to have C4th origins stands beside a bush which Georgians believe to replicate the burning bush witnessed by Moses in the Sinai desert. The C11th church beside the chapel of St. Nino was the place of burial for a number of Georgian kings and queens, most significantly King Mirian I and Queen Nana historically the first Christian rulers of the country. The belltower in the complex is C13th.
Date of Visit
19th May 2013
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Emma Loosley, “Samtavro,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed December 9, 2023, https://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/81.