Georgian Betania was founded back in the era of the Golden Age, directly during the reign of Queen Tamara in the deep and deep gorge of the Vera River. Now this monastery, on the one hand, is the closest to Tbilisi, on the other – the most inaccessible. This is partly why monastic life lasted here until 1963. It is known that the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin was built around 1200, and the small church of St. George was built in 1196. The frescoes in the Church of the Nativity are usually dated to 1207. However, there are suggestions that the monastery was founded in the X century, and then only rebuilt. Thus, it turns out that this is one of the numerous monasteries of the era of Queen Tamara, that is, it was built at the same time as the Kintsvisi monastery, and earlier than the Gudarekhi and Tsugrugasheni.


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