Ninotsminda

Ninotsminda Cathedral is located in the village of Sagarejo, in the Kakheti region, Georgia.
The cathedral is highly significant to the development of Georgian architecture, as it predates Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta. It served as a model for the development of the later tetraconch (four-apse) form religious constructions.
The site is ruins today, with only the eastern apse and a portion of the western wall remaining. The ruined apse is decorated with 16th century frescoes of the Hodegetria, severely vandalized with bullet holes in the 18th 19th cc.. Outlines of the foundations indicate that the church originally had an octagonal center, surrounded by corner niches. Historical records indicate that restoration work was undertaken in the 10th and 11th centuries, and also during 1671 and 1774. However, the cathedral collapsed during earthquakes in 1824 and 1848 and was not reconstructed.
The large brick bell tower within the complex dates from 1520-1574 уу.. The lower three stories served as a residence, each floor with a fireplace.
The Ninotsminda complex is surrounded by a fortification, with corner towers and a crenelated curtain wall, dating from the 16th-17th centuries.
The complex is currently operated as a nunnery by the Georgian Orthodox Church, and reconstruction work is underway.

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