The name is derived from a miracle by Davit Garejeli, who was one of the 12 Assyrian fathers living and performing their duties in Georgia in the 6th century. The story tells that the fire worshippers were against him, so they bribed a woman, who accused the saint of impregnating her. As prophesied by David, the lie was revealed when the woman gave birth to a stone. Hence, the name Kvashveti is derived from this occasion (giving birth to a stone). The first church was built here in the 6th century. Between 1904-1910, in place of the old damaged church, a new one was built according to the project of the architect Leopold Bilfeld, who based his design on the medieval Samtavisi Cathedral.