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Gelati Monastery, Kutaisi

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Gelati (Georgian: გელათის მონასტერი) is a medieval monastic complex near Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia. One of the first monasteries in Georgia, it was founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia as a monastic and educational center.

The monastery is an exemplar of the Georgian Golden Age and a gold aesthetic is employed in the paintings and buildings. It was built to celebrate Orthodox Christian faith in Georgia. Some murals found inside the Gelati Monastery church date back to the 12th century. The monastery was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 because of its outstanding architecture and its importance as an educational and scientific center in medieval Georgia.
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  • For those planning on visiting the Gelati Monastery there is scaffolding in the nave of the Cathedral of the Virgin and access is limited blocking the view of most of the frescos. You can only peer... 
    For those planning on visiting the Gelati Monastery there is scaffolding in the nave of the Cathedral of the Virgin and access is limited blocking the view of most of the frescos. You can only peer...  more »
  • Of all the monasteries we visited, this one stands out. Part of it was being renovated while we were there. We were treated to some lovely music and singing during our visit. 
    Of all the monasteries we visited, this one stands out. Part of it was being renovated while we were there. We were treated to some lovely music and singing during our visit.  more »
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  • Gelati Monastery - Georgian architectural ensemble, the most important cultural center of medieval Georgia. Built on st. 11 km northeast of Kutaisi, in the gorge of the river Tskaltsiteli. Founded in 1106 under the leadership of David the Builder. Bounded by a fence. The ensemble includes buildings of different eras (mainly XII-XIII centuries). It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cultural monument of national importance to Georgia.
  • A peaceful place to visit. Unfortunately under reconstruction, so the scaffolding was in the way. But, the frescoes we could see was fantastic. I'm sure it will be great when finished.

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