The name of the Motsameta Church (meaning “the place of martyrs”) is tied to two noble brothers of Aragveti, David and Constantine Mkheidze, who organised a revolt against the Arabs. The revolt was unsuccessful and the Arabs captured both brothers, proposing forgiveness if the brothers converted to Islam. The brothers refused and were tortured, their bodies thrown down the cliff into the river, known as Tskaltsitela (the Red Water) ever since. The bodies of brothers were buried on a nearby hill and the church declared both of them saints. Later, during the 11th century, King Bagrat IV built a temple over their graves. Motsameta was a naturally unreachable place due to its location: it is surrounded by the river from three sides and the large wall on the fourth.