The Jvari church is located on a mountaintop overlooking the city of Mtskheta from the east. It is said that the conversion of King Mirian of Iberia by St Nino took place here in the year 337. A wooden cross was erected in the site and later, in 545 a small church. The current church was built between 590 and 605 by Stepanoz I, the duke of Kartli. In the middle ages the church was fortified by a stone wall and a gate. The interior of the church is rather simple with no frescoes on the wall and few decorations. The church is accessible with a 15km long road from Mtskheta and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
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