Metekhi Church is located in one of the old neighborhoods of the city – Avlabari. According to the legend, the first version of a church was built in the V century. It’s the reign-time of King Vakhtang Gorgasali.
A brief history of Metekhi Church
The current church is not initial. The building period is 1278-1289. It is the ruling time of King Demetre Tavdadebuli (Dmitry the Sacrificed). The older version of the church burned in 1235, during the invasion of Mongols.
During its long lifespan, there were many reconstructions of the church. On the construction body, it’s easily noticeable several layers of brickwork.
During the Russian Empire’s ruling time, there was a prison in this area. After the Soviets took over, they abolished the prison in 1934 and rearranged the whole area as an art museum. Later, the relocation of the museum emptied the church. At a different time, there was an art workshop and a theatre in a church. In 1967 Georgian sculptor and painter Rezo Amashukeli built a Monument of Vakhtang I Gorgasali.
Currently, the temple is active again.
Infrastructure around the Church
It’s the center of the Old part of Tbilisi. So, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars, guesthouses and etc around this place. Most of the main sights of Tbilisi are located around this location.
How to get there
As I already mentioned it’s the center of the Old Part of Tbilisi. So if your staying point is near this area, you can have a walk there.
Tours via Metekhi church
- It is forbidden: Metekhi is an active church, so you should refrain from talking loudly or running. Note that photography is prohibited inside the church but permitted everywhere else. Outside of the church is a perfect view over the old part of Tbilisi.
- Dress code: It’s recommended to dress modestly (covered shoulders and knees). To enter the church inside, men need to be wearing long pants and women a long skirt. If you’re wearing shorts, you might be denied entry to the church. Women must also cover their hair before entering.
- Wheelchair accessibility: Metekhi Church is not wheelchair accessible.