Shuamta Monasteries
Shuamta Monasteries
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Shaumta Shaumta Village, Telavi 383330 Georgia

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Cora_v
Kyiv26,146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Friends
You will need a private transfer to get you to Shuamta medieval monasteries, a remarkable early Christian monument of two ensembles of Dzveli (“Old”) and Akhali (“New”) Shuamta in 7km south-west from Telavi and about 154kmn north-east from Tbilisi. The monastery complex of Shuamta (meaning “a place between the mountains”) is hidden in the forest off Tbilisi-Telavi highway.

We started our visit with ancient Dzveli Shuamta monastery, situated further in the forest. It stands on the edge of the flat hill, at the end of a clearing in the woods. Its complex consists of three churches: a V century basilica and two domed churches of VII century of the then popular type sampled by Jvari Church in Mtsheta.

Dzveli Shuamta is no longer an acting sanctuary, but believers still attend it to place a candle and say a prayer. There is an improvised altar with several icons inside the Grand domed church. Other than that, its interior is very simple and severe. But the whole place, with no limitations of clerical rules and rituals, had peaceful and placatory atmosphere. And a “wish-tree” in a Georgian tradition, with the ribbons tied over its branches by those who made a wish here, looked natural and appropriate…

In the XVI century, as Dzveli Shuamta sank into decay, the newer Akhali Shuamta was laid down in 2km away from the old monastery by Kakheti Queen Tina (Tinatin) Gurieli, wife of King Levan II. To reach this newer monastery, you can either walk back along the road through a scenic forest, or make a very short drive.

Unlike Dzveli Shuamta, Akhali is an acting nunnery rather than a historic place. So respectful dress-code as well as observation of the rules of conduct is encouraged here.

Akhali Shuamta ensemble is represented by a larger domed church and a bell tower. In XIX the principal church of the monastery was an ancestral burial place of Chavchavadze family.

Since the establishment of the monastery, its inside walls were decorated with the frescoes. But after abolishment of Georgian Autocephaly by Russian Church in XIX, these frescoes, dating back to XVI century, were whitened out. In 2007-2008, Akhali Shuamta had undergone major reconstruction, within the course of which the white paint had been removed to partially release some of these frescoes. Also, the Queen Tinatin Tower had been restored.

Both complexes are not to be missed, when you explore Telavi area.
Written 24 January 2012
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ukrmiho
Tbilisi, Georgia81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
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.
Written 11 May 2014
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seabirdie0A
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Both churches are just a small detour from main road.
Akhali Shuamta is just 0.5km from main road. Now going under major restoration.
Dzveli Shuamna 2.3km and should not be missed. Very peaceful church surrounded by greenery with the Caucasus range in the back.
Written 4 May 2019
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Elena M
Kyiv, Ukraine38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
There are two Shuamta Monasteries: old and new. Near Old Shuamta we were really attacked by 4!!! people trying to sell us candles. We had to pretend to be only-english-speaking persons to escape :). New Shuamta was closed, but there was a special bell to ring in order to get inside. We rang but nobody opened. So we didn't see New Shuamta.
Written 11 May 2012
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Daylen86
San Francisco, CA19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
It was OK. We visited the old monastery. Did not know about the tower, maybe if we did, the rating would be higher. There is very little information provided here about the history of this place. We visited a lot of old churches and monasteries during our visit to Georgia - hard to tell why this one is special or significant.
Written 3 October 2012
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vika_h1219
Kharkiv, Ukraine1,109 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
This was something of a pilgrimage tour in October 2012. We toured most of the famous and ancient churches in Georgia. I do not know, maybe it was not my soul needs turning to God at that time, but I can say with confidence that the Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, I like so much more. Georgian churches in spite of being Orthodox, felt different to me.

As for the monastery Shuamta - it was a picturesque beautiful place, hidden somewhere in the forest. A holy place - the mind understands.

There are many churches and monasteries located in Georgia, in the hills and far away from human settlements. (This does not apply to large cities) and yet they still have a congregation.

We did not visit the Old Shuamta .
Written 29 November 2012
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InTheDesert2014
Townsville, Australia181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
well signposted from either direction - there are are 2 monastries - the 'new' one dating from 1500 is the first one you see, the "old" one dating from about 500 is at the end of the road. Workers had just about finished putting in new cobble-stone paving to the old monastry when we visited - it was an easy short walk from the car park. Looked like you could visit these buildings at any time.
The 'new' monastry was also easy to access and only a short walk. If you are female - you need to wear a skirt and hair covering to gain access - there were apron thingies available. i couldn't be bothered - so we took a few photos of the lovely stonework and left. you need to ring the bell for the nuns to let you in - open 9am-7pm as per the sign. there are a few other restrictions when visiting - one included no dogs ... just no one seemed to tell the local pups they were not welcome!
Written 13 July 2016
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
Saumya monasteries are old and new monastery
On Gombori pass and great place with beautiful nature and location.
On the way back from Telavi you can visit this great monasteries. There is also many restaurants
Written 25 April 2016
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sebhoff
Trier, Germany1,632 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
I would rate this attraction somewhere between "average" and "very good". If you happen to be passing by anyway, there's no reason why you should not stop and have a look. The new part is in use (I think by 17 nuns) and while not particularly memorable, still a nice site. No photography is allowed inside. You'll need to ring the bell and a nun will show you inside the church; clothing is provided for visitors who are not dressed appropriately. There's a small shop, too, which sells nice little presents (e.g. some home-made soap). The old part of the complex is rather dilapidated - but still quite nice to explore. On the whole, this was a pleasant visit - but nothing to drive long distances for.
Written 1 December 2015
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very-sunny
Lodz, Poland1,192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Couples
That is a wonderful place. Little monasteries hidden deep in the mountains, on the top of the hill. It seems to be living it's own life far from real world.
It is the best to hire a taxi from Telavi for the whole day and make a driver take you all the great places aroun town. You will reach the parking under Shaumta and tha you have to walk up for around 45 min. If you are lucky you will get a lift with old truck as they transport supplyes to the monasterys.
Don't miss the paintings inside the monastery and a trip to the top of the tower.
Written 24 April 2012
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