* South Ossetia is a disputed region, officially part of Georgia but under Russian defacto control. More on South Ossetia conflict here *
Tir Holy Nativity monastery is an ancient christian-orthodox settlement built in the XII century, 9 km from Tskhinvali in Georgia/ South Ossetia.
The tower is built in Byzantine style; in the distance one can see the sacred mountain Bursamdzeli.
Georgia has one of the world’s most ancient Christian Churches. North Caucasus also has the oldest christian churches in Russia – Lower-Arkhyz churches, Shoana temple, Sentinsky temple. New ancient christian settlements are being discovered throughout the Caucasus.