On the exterior the temple is decorated with a multitude of engraved stone ornamentation, while the interior walls are covered in beautiful ancient mural paintings dating back to the 11th century. The church is very similar to the Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta, which is believed to have preceded it. The church walls contain the first inscriptions in Nuskha-Khutsuri, one of the versions of the early Georgian alphabet, dating from 835. It also contains the examples of Mkhedruli, the Georgian original writing system used currently. It is close to the tourist roads and a short stop here allows the visitors to appreciate the harmonious blend of architecture and nature.