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Laghami Church of Mestia

Svaneti Region, Georgia

Cultural Treasure

Mestia, the largest town in the upper Svaneti region, is mainly known as a place for day hikes and a base for further treks. However, further inside the town lies on of the oldest churches on the southern slopes of the Caucasus - the Laghami Church. Tucked away in the tiny stone village of Leghami less than 2 km from the center of Mestia, this church, also known as the Cathedral of Transfiguration. blends into the village at first appearance. First constructed in the 9th century A.D., with the second layer built a few hundred years later, the church symbolized the importance and spread of Christianity during the Byzantine period, even in the remote areas such as here.

The frescoes found on the exterior and interior of Laghami Church are what really sets it apart from other similar churches in Svaneti. Most notable is the painting of Adam and Eve on the northern exterior. This small church is one of the treasures of the Svaneti culture, but remains seldom visited. The church interior is often locked, but exploring the surroundings and taking a look in the second floor makes a worthwhile detour while in Mestia.


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2 km northeast of Mestia in the far northern Svaneti region of Georgia.


First constructed in the 9th century A.D., with later additions in the 11th to 12 centuries.


A place of worship for Christians. It is significant as it shows the spread of Christianity all the way to remote mountain valleys.


It still lies in the village of Laghami near Mestia. Laghami remains the best preserved medieval village in Mestia, and a nice walk through local streets.


Laghami Church of Mestia

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