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Kazbegi - Church of Tsminda Sameba in the clouds

Here a closer view of the Church of Tsminda Sameba (or Holy Trinity Church) and its bell tower built near the village Kazbegi.
See also my previous post. In the workshop you find another view of the church.

The Tsminda Sameba was built in the 14th century at an elevation of 2.170 meters on the edge of a cliff looking out over Kazbegi.
Since Kazbegi is not very far from the capital, quite a lot of people visit this village and hike in the surrounding mountains.

Information from Wikipedia:

The Gergeti Trinity Church (or Church of Tsminda Sameba) was built in the 14th century, and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province.
The separate belltower dates from the same period as the church itself.
Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia.

The 18th century Georgian author Vakhushti Batonishvili wrote that in times of danger, precious relics from Mtskheta, including Saint Nino's Cross were brought here for safekeeping. During the Soviet era, all religious services were prohibited, but the church remained a popular tourist destination. The church is now an active establishment of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church.

The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the area, and can be reached by a steep 3 hour climb up the mountain, or around 30 minutes by jeep up a rough mountain trail.

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