Ateni Sioni

According to documented scientific opinion, village (formerly city) of Ateni represents iconographic copy of Mtskhet’a the city known as Georgian Jerusalem.
In the 5th century, a new similar to Mtskhet’as’ Jvari type of church was built on the mountain cape where old basil used to stand, near still preserved “Svetitskhoveli” temple and St. Nino Church as an analogy to Mtskhet’a Samt’avro church complex.
Ateni Sioni temple is decorated with unique 11th century murals and numerous historically significant inscriptions on facades. It should be noted that the facades preserved one of the earliest images of Georgian grape vine art that date back to 7th, 10th centuries, a confirmation of the fact that it has always served as the vine and grape regions
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