The town of Nekresi was founded by King Parnajom in 2-1st centuries BC. In the 4th century AD King Trdat built a church in the town, which is now one of the oldest Christian churches in Georgia. In the 6thcentury one of the Assyrian Fathers Abibos started to live there and founded a monastery. Nekresi was an important spiritual, educational, cultural and also a political center. It was the source of Kartlian political and cultural influence on the Eastern Caucasian highlands.
Nekresi complex includes a small basilica of the 4th century, a three church basilica of the 6th century, a peculiarly planned domed church of the 8-9th centuries, a palace of the same period, refectory, a tower of the 16th century, etc. There are interesting pieces of Georgian wall artwork of the medieval era.