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In the neighborhood of Telavi, the monasteries of Dzveli Shuamta and Akhali Shuamta are a must see. Shuamta (or Shuamt?a, or Chuamta) means ?between mountains?.
The monastery of Dzveli Shuamta (old Shuamta) is actually a set of three churches built one after the other between the Vth and the VIIIth century. There does not remain anything from the monks dwellings. It was abandoned by the monks in the XVIth.
The monastery of Akhali Shuamta (new Shuamta) was built in the XVIth by Tinatin Gurieli, the wife of King Levan II as a women monastery. She herself took the veil in the monastery she founded. It is still working as a monastery.
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