In Kakheti is an ancient Bodbe monastery, which is the whole of Georgia is famous due to St. Nino. According to ancient records it was possible to establish that after the death of St. Nino, at the beginning of the IV century, over her grave in Bodbe, a temple was erected, and a monastery appeared nearby – it was constantly completed and expanded by the kings coming to replace each other.
This place was treated very respectfully not only Georgians, but even Tatar-mangols, who plundered and destroyed everything in their path, but did not touch the tomb, unlike the temple, which was seriously affected by their RAID. The monastery of St. Nina in the XV century became so popular and important place that it began to crown the kings of Kakheti. It is said that even the Persian Shah Abbas was in bodba at the coronation of Teimuraz I, which did not prevent him later to destroy the monastery. Since the XVIII century, the monastery was converted into a monastery, with a large number of monks.
After 1811, the diocese of Bodbe Was abolished by decree of the Russian Empire and the monastery fell into decay. He took most of the land, transferred to state support, and look after him there are only a few monks. Despite all these difficulties, at this time on the restoration of the tomb and the complex as a whole, working well-known iconographer and airbrush, Mikhail Sabinin. In 1889, the Russian Emperor Alexander III visited Sighnaghi and admired the local nature so much that he ordered to open a convent in Bodbe. The monastery is restored, the selected lands are returned and the first nuns are settled. Everything went well until the Bolsheviks came in 1924 and completely ruined the monastery, turning it into a hospital. Only in 1991 was a force for the start of the recovery and revival of Bodbe monastery.
Now the monastery looks like a quiet and peaceful place. Here you can visit the Church of St. George – a classic three-nave Basilica of the IX century, built of brick. All frescoes are late, and the altar was created clearly in the Russian era. In 1823, the Russian administration even built a dome over the Church, which was demolished in Soviet times.
Nina’s grave is inside, on the right side of the altar. There is another grave, less famous. In 1803, this Church was buried the ashes of General Basil Guskova – the same one that broke Dagestanis to Iori, and then stormed Balakan.
If you go to the East of the temple, there will be a good observation deck and down the stairs to the spring of St. Nina. From the observation deck is clearly visible Alazani valley. The source of St. Nina is the most important attraction of the monastery, and people often come here to collect water or to immerse themselves in this water. On the territory of the monastery is a modern Church of St. Nino.I am an active monastery and a whole complex consisting of the Church of St. George, the refectory of the XVI century, the bell tower, the Bishop’s Palace, residential monastery buildings, wineries and vineyards. The most important thing is preserved here — the original architecture, frescoes and the atmosphere of the Cathedral space.
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