Posted by: Kejeradze | აპრილი 27, 2012

Zarzma monastery / Монастырь Зарзма

The Zarzma Monastery of Transfiguration is a medieval Orthodox Christian monastery located at the village of Zarzma in Samtskhe-Javakheti region.

The earliest church on the site was probably built in the 8th century, by the monk Serapion.
The façades of the church are richly decorated and the interior is frescoed. Apart from the religious cycles of the murals there are a series of portraits of the 14th-century Jaqeli family as well as of the historical figures of the 16th century. After the Ottoman conquest of the area later in the 16th century, the monastery was abandoned and lay in disrepair until the early 20th century, when it was reconstructed, but some of the unique characteristics of the design were lost in the process.

Currently, the monastery is functional and houses a community of Georgian monks. It is also the site of pilgrimage and tourism.

 

Монастырь Преображения Зарзма – средневековый православный монастырь, расположенный в деревне Зарзма в регионе Самцхе-Джавахети.

Первая церковь, вероятно, была построена в VIII веке, монахом Серапионом.

Фасад и интерьер  церкви оформлен фресками. Помимо религиозных росписей есть и серия портретов 14-го века семьи Джакели, и других исторических деятелей 16-го века. После завоевания Джавахети Османами в конце 16-го века, монастырь был заброшен до начала 20-го века. Она была восстановлена, но некоторые из уникальных особенностей дизайна были потеряны.

В настоящее время монастырь функционирует. Он также является местом паломничества и туризма.

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