Monday 17 July 2017

Gelati Monastery

When this site was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, it comprised the Bagrati Cathedral and the Gelati Monastery. Unfortunately, this year the Bagrati Cathedral was removed from the list.

Gelati Monastery
This postcard was sent from Finland by Sini

Gelati is a medieval monastic complex near Kutaisi, in the Imereti region of western Georgia. A masterpiece of the Georgian Golden Age, Gelati was founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia.
The Gelati Monastery has preserved a great number of murals and manuscripts dating back to the 12th to 17th centuries. The Khakhuli triptych was enshrined at Gelati until being stolen in 1859. Gelati is the burial site of its founder and one of the greatest Georgian kings David IV. Near King David's grave are the gates of Ganja, which were taken as a trophy by King Demetrius I of Georgia in 1138. - in: wikiedia

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