Martvili is a small town in Samegrelo-ZemoSvaneti province of Western Georgia. Its monastery was Samegrelo's clerical centre in the Middle Age.
Martvili Canyon is must see place in Georgia.
It is rocky wetland in which the Abashariver has formed a magnificent gorge over time, with canyons, caves and waterfalls. This gorge is usually referred to as the Martvilicanyons,named after the nearby town of Martvili.
The Martvili canyons feature beautiful green and blue colors. It is a protected area. There are stretches of quiet water for peddling and swimming, but also steep rocks to climb, spectacular waterfalls to enjoy and caves to explore. If you prefer to keep dry, you can follow one of the hiking trails along and near the Abasha gorge. This will allow you to enjoy the warm climate and spectacular views.
Martvili-Chkondidi Cathedral was built late in the 7th century. Revered as the gem of Georgian masonry, this cathedral rests on the roots of the old oak tree.
During the 10th century, King of Abkhazia GiorgiII, designated Martvili-Chkondidi Monastery as episcopal center. Cathedral retained its name.
Martvili Monastery was considered a major educutional center. It is the final resting place of King Bagrat IV, whose contributions to the cultural and educational development of Georgia are immense.