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MARTVILI MONASTERY

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Chkondidi-Martvili Church dedicated to martyrs was built in the beginning of 7th century. Chkondidi Episcopal was founded in the 10th century. It later became the Cathedral of Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The residential area around the church was also called Martvili. The layout of the church is similar to Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta however there are differences between them such as the depth of the apse, the size of the premises and the facade relief. Martvili Monastery Complex comprises

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DADIANI SUMMER RESINDENCE IN SALKHINO

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From the middle of the 12th till the 19th centuries, the Samegrelo region was ruled by the Dadiani family. The Dadianis had many palaces and residences on the territory of Samegrelo. The summer residence of Dadiani is located on the bank of the river Tsachkhura in the village of Salkhino in Martvili municipality. Levan V, the ruler of Samegrelo started to build the residence and it was finished by Salome Dadiani. Salome Dadiani was a daughter of Davit Dadiani, the

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TSACHKHURU ARCHANGEL’S CHURCH

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Tsachkhuru archangel’s church is located on Khirzeni slope 7 km from the center of the village of Sakhino in Martvili municipality. Many pilgrims visit the church. Every Thursday after Orthodox Easter, childless couples and those who are thankful for having a child visit the church to participate in an annual pilgrimage. They bring a tiny and beautifully decorated cradle with a doll inside it. If the god rewards the couple with an heir he will be brought up with the

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ABEDATI FORTRESS

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Abedati Fortress is a ruined medieval fortress situated on the Bzheri Mountain in the Abedati village in Martvili municipality. Some researchers presume that the fortress could be the historical “Onogorius” as the old name of the Bzheri Mountain was Unagira. Onogorius was a historical fortress in western Georgia near Tsikhegoji, also known as Nokalakevi, an important strategic point of the Egrisi kingdom. The exact location of Onogorius fortress is still unknown. Ceramic items from the Hellenistic period (III-I centuries BC),

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NOGHA FORTRESS

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Nogha fortress, of the late medieval period, is located in the village of Nogha in Martvili. According to legend, the fortress belonged to the Jaiani family and it is still called Jaiani’s Jikha, also known as Jaiani’s fortress. Later, presumably, the fortress was owned by the Dadiani family in the first half of XVIII century. In historical sources, Giorgi Dadiani was mentioned to be the owner the Nogha fortress. Nogha fortress consists of 4 towers. The principal entrance was defended

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SYNAGOGUE AND JEWISH CEMETERY IN BANDZA

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From the second half of the 13th century, the Jewish population started to grow in western Georgia. In Samegrelo region they settled down in Poti, Senaki and later in the village of Bandza in Martvili municipality. Jews were good traders and soon they established close and friendly contacts with the locals. Widespread Jewish surnames include Adzhiashvili, Khukhashvili, Shamelashvili and Megrelishvili. A synagogue was built in Bandza in 1913. Later it was restored. The Jewish cemetery still remains in the village

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ETHOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM IN MARTVILI

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The Ethnographic Museum is located in the city centre of Martvili. The museum houses a numismatic collection, archaeological items and sculptures from the Early Stone and Bronze Ages. Paintings by famous Georgian artists are kept in the museum such as “Samaia” painted by Lado Gudiashvili and “My Village” painted by Elene Akhvlediani. There are also ethnographic artifacts in the open air that represent the Megrelian lifestyle. There is also a unique vineyard of Kolchis grapes on the territory of the

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