Monuments Inventory and Information Group
In 1971 a Monument Inventory and Information Department was set up in the Institute of
Georgian Art History. It was directed by Vakhtang Dolidze till 1987. Since 1987 it has been
directed by Tamaz Dvali. In 1990 the V volume of Monument Description was published, in
2004 - the II volume, in 2013 - the volume 1-I, and in 2015 - the volume 1-II.
In 1991 on the basis of the department a group for Georgian architecture microfiches was
created, which together with Gundolf Bruchous from Aachen Technical High School in
Holland prepared for publishing (in English) 8 volumes of microfiches – “Georgian
Architecture”. The publisher was the International Documentation Company (IDC) of
The material in the volumes is distributed according to the historic parts of the country in
Volume I, 1994 – Inner Kartli (central part);
Volume II, 1995 – Highlands of Shida Kartli, Khevsureti, Khevi, Mtiuleti, Pshavi, Ertso
Volume III, 1997 – Kakheti;
Volume IV, 1999 – Tusheti, Kvemo Kartli;
Volume V, 2001 – Katrli/Trialeti, Samtskhe, Javakheti, Tori, Tbilisi;
Volume VI, 2004 – Racha, Lechkhumi, Imereti;
Volume VII, 2007 – Svaneti, Samegrelo, Guria, Apkhazeti, Achara;
Volume VIII, 2010 – Tao-Klarjeti.
In 1995 the first volume of the collection was awarded the State Prize in the sphere of
science and engineering.
The collection contains up to 2000 monuments of Georgian architecture and wall painting
with 46 250 pages of textual and illustrative material (textual material: about 3000 pages
and more than 43 000 pages of photo and graphic illustrations).
These eight volumes are aimed for scientific institutions, high schools and libraries of
different countries all over the world, where those who are interested in cultural history of
Georgia will be able to get full information about medieval Georgian architecture and wall
Whole material is stored in the Giorgi Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian
Art History and Heritage Preservation.