Located 20 km from Telavi is a Kakheti relic, one of the most well known medieval temples in Georgia – Alaverdi cathedral (located in the settlement with the same name). It was built in the beginning of the XI century and was one of the tallest structures of the time. The temple was built on the site of a small church of St. George. The temple is still called St. George Cathedral (Tsminda Giorgi). Alaverdi cathedral was repeatedly destroyed. Its first restoration was accomplished in the XV century. The second one was in the XVIII century, after the disastrous earthquake. Restorations have changed the cathedral a little, but nevertheless it remains the outstanding example of medieval Georgian architecture. The cathedral is n architectural complex surrounded by a fortification. The complex includes medieval refectory, the bell tower with fencing and the summer palace. The main building of the cathedral is of a rectangular form. Its center is crowned with the dome resting on a high drum. However, in fact the most amazing is its interior. The high dome increases the feeling of space infinity. Alaverdi Cathedral has the fragments of wall paintings of the IX, XV, and XVII centuries. From XVII to XVIII centuries there was the dwelling for women of imperial descent who took the veil.