Shio-Mgvime, Mtskheta

10 km to the west from Mtskheta in the village of Dzegvi there is an active operating Shio-Mgvime monastery (Simeon Mgvimsky, the 6 th century). The monastery is literally merged with the sandy coloring of the hillsides. But as soon as you distinguish its outlines you understand that how ancient this monument is.

Especially it concerns the monastic church constructed in the 6 th century. Outwardly it is a low structure with allegedly two-level dome topped with a peaked tetrahedral roof. It is a very original monument with no known analogs in entire Georgia. The numerous cells dug by monks in the caves of the nearby mountains are very interesting as well.