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Shuamta Monasteries
Istanbul, Turkey
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3 reviews
Reviewed May 11, 2014

the upper monastery is quite rundown. no frescoes or icons left...didn't visit the lower one. Worth a 15 minute visit since its just off the main Tbilisi-Telavi road, but that's about it.

Visited May 2014
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The old and new”
Reviewed May 11, 2014

Shuamta consist of Old and New part which are located a short drive a part. The old Shuamta consist of three well restored churches from 5 - 7 century. The New Shuamta was build a 1000 years later and is once again used as a nunnery. The frescoes in the New Shuamta are vivid in colors. When you arrive to New Shuamta go through the gate to the next gate where you will need to ring a bell for nun to come to take you in to the cathedral.

Visited May 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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461 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“3 ancient churches from 5th to 7th centuries”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

Much of the interior was destroyed by the Russians in the Soviet era. The three small structures are externally still in pretty good shape. Definitely worth a stop. Not active churches now.

Visited May 2014
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Tbilisi, Georgia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Shuamta Monasteries”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

Near Telavi in the village of Shuamta you will see the fragments of Dzveli-Shuamta and Akhali Shuamta monasteries (old Shuamta and new Shauamta). These two monasteries absolutely differ from each other in architecture and were built at different times.

Dzveli Shuamta monastery is more ancient. It is a complex of several ancient churches. The small church standing in the foreground is dated the 5th century, the other two – bigger and smaller domical churches – the 7th century. The bigger church is very similar to Mtskheta Dzhvari temple. The churches have the 12th-century paintings.

Visited April 2014
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Tehran, Iran
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“morality in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

These monasteries are within an hours distance from Telavi, Kakheti region, georgia. to get to these monasteries, you will pass beautiful jungles... very beautiful.
The first, new Shuamta (Dzveli Shuamta), is a nunnery with residents. No photography in the site proper. Upon entrance, a dress attire must be adhered to. Ladies will probably need to weat a cloth around there legs (provided at the gates) and men should have full length trousers. I had short sleeves, but that was not a problem. A co-travelling gentleman was not allowed beacause of his knee length trousers. Actually, this is the case in most Georgian and Armenian religious sites.
One should wait at the monastery gates for a nun who takes visitors to the church. She did not speak to us but she was very cordial, as is the case in most Georgian religious sites. inside the church one can see a physical manifestation of simplicity.
after leaving new Shuamta, there is a short drive to old Shuamta (Akhali Shuamta). As of July 2013, the exterior was being renovated. This is a much simpler monastery with no resident nuns/monks, but the environs are breath-taking.

Visited July 2013
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