Sapara monastery

Sapara monastery complex, perched on the edge of a cliff, already existed in 9th century, but was expanded by the Akhaltsikhe governors Sargis and Beka Jakeli. The complex consists of churches of St.Saba, St. Stefane and The Assumption of Godmother. The church of St.Saba is the largest of all, and is notable for its architecture and mural paintings of the 14th century. The earliest surviving structure is the 10th century church, dedicated to the assumption of the Godmother. There used to be a famous 11th century stone iconostasis - Kankeli.