Martvili Monastery is and architectural monument of the 7th century. It is located in the town of Martvili, in western Georgia. Martvili Monastery was a residence of Abkhaz kings.
By the order of King Bagrat IV, the monastery in the 11th century was turned into a religious and cultural center of the country. At the beginning of the 12th century, the complex was damaged during the Turkish-Seljuk invasion and was later rebuilt. At present Martvili Monastery Complex comprises several buildings. The central structure is the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, which is covered by frescoes depicting the saints. The 14th century fresco of the Virgin Mary is especially noteworthy.