The Anchiskhati Church or the Church of the Virgin Mary is located in the Old part of the city and is considered as the oldest temple in Tbilisi, which got its name in the 17th century. Originally the church was built in the 6th century by the order of the king of Iberia Dachi Ujarmeli, who made Tbilisi the capital of Georgia. Initially, the basilica was built of yellow tuff, but in 20th century the church was restored with an ordinary brick.
Anchiskhati basilica has three entries but only one door is open, that’s reason why temple is always dark and the atmosphere is mysterious. The walls are covered with frescoes and paintings from 19th century. Anchiskhati basilica was repeatedly destroyed by the Turks and Persians and every time it was restored.