The name Tkibuli was first mentioned in historical documents from the 13th century. There are signs of human habitation from ancient times (for example in the Magara Caves).
The way leading to Gelati Monastery is very old. The way goes under the fortress which is called "David's Cape". The fortress controlled the movement of enemy, ambassadors and merchants who were arriving in the country of Gelati. David's Cape is a high place. One can see beautiful views from there.
St. Nino's church was built in VI c. It was a basilica type church. The church was destroyed by the Arab invader Murvan kru (Murvan the deaf) in VIII c. The church is distinguished with its small dimensions and entrance from the South. Here are the ruins of cells where the monks used to live and ruins of observatory. Near the church there are modern cells for the monks to live.
Saint Elli foreteller's church was built in IX c. It is distinguished with frescos and two small additional buildings. The church is located on the hill after St. Elli. Around the church there are many boulders with the red spots on them. According to tradition the red spots are the drops of blood of 2000 monks who fought the Selim Pasha who encroached in Gelati.
Beris Tsikhe is distinguished by its location. Nowadays only the wall of the fortress is represented. David's Cape controlled the way leading to Gelati from the West.