Anchiskhati

 

19 Shavteli St.

Anchiskhati basilica and its bell tower (6th century), the oldest one in the city, erected in the times of the heir of king Vakhtang Gorgasali (V c.) – Dachi  Ujarmeli. Due to its venerable age and influence of the Palestinian architecture this church resembles a three-nave basilica. Its present name was given to the church in the 17th century. “Anchiskhati” originates from Georgian words “anchis” (from Anchi) and “khati” (icon). The church had several alterations, especially in the 17th century, when the upper part of the church, several columns and bell tower were sculpted in brick again. The oldest parts of the church are the walls in stone, window frames on the eastern facade and window above the altar.