Pyrgebuli Monastery (Region of Kvemo Kartli)
Pirgebuli Monastery (Georg. პირღებულის მონასტერი) is located in the municipality of Tetritskaro, to the west of the ruined medieval city – Samshvilde. It dates from the first half of the 13th century and was built on a hard-to-reach rock, on the left bank of the Khrami River. This place is a natural cave area of the river valley. It is from this geographical location that the name of the monastery comes – “Pirgebuli”. During the period of Samshvilde’s power as a city, the territory of the monastery was actually the outskirts of the city, and now impassable rocks and a valley were previously crossed by roads.
The monastery complex includes the main temple, the bell tower, household and residential buildings. The main hall-type temple was built from local basalt stone. The northern wall of the temple is completely built on the rock. South side entrance. On the walls of the temple, traces of repeated reconstruction are visible. Outside, the walls are decorated with carved stone ornaments. As for the interior of the church, it was plastered and painted. At present, some fragments of the painting have been preserved. In 2007, the Pirgebuli monastery was included in the list of immovable cultural monuments of national importance in Georgia.