|Saint Ivlita and Saint Kvirike Church|
Zarati is a village located on the left bank of the Rioni River, at the altitude of 360 meters, 33 km from Tskaltubo. The village was first mentioned in the 13th century sources in the document from 1259 –1293 in which Prince Iashvili, who was expelled from Racha Region, took possession of the village. In 1749 Aleksandre V (the King of Imereti), the father of Solom I strengthened the position of Iashili family in the area by giving Zarati Church to Levan Iashvili.
In the village cemetery there is an architectural monument from the 13th century – St. Ivlita and Kvirike church, which was built by order of King Tamar. It is a one-nave church with two entrances. Walls are decorated with a traditional 13th century religious painting. There is an inscription on the wall: “Mother of God, have mercy on Mkhetsisdzita” which related to Mkheidze – well known Georgian noble family.
On the southern wall of the church there is a fresco illustrating Saint Mary, which is rather a rare subject in Georgian wall paintings. The painting is one of the examples of interesting paintings from the late Medieval Age.