Here is an account of the downfall of this magnificent church.....
The church had a sprawling vault (roof) which collapsed between 1842 and 1846. A ban was imposed by the Portuguese government against the Augustines. Thereafter the church and the convent were deserted.
|A closer look|
Ketevan the Martyr (1560 – September 13, 1624) was a queen of Kakheti, a kingdom in eastern Georgia. She was killed for refusing to give up the Christain faith and convert to Islam.
The account of Ketevan's martyrdom related by the Augustinians missioners were listed by her son, Teimuraz, in his poem The Book and Passion of Queen Ketevan. (Reference: wikipedia)
|The noble queen and martyr|
|Some more ceramic inlay|
|Altar of St. Nicholas|
|The monument with historical significance - as listed by ASI|
|The outer facade...in bygone days...|