Gelati Monastery, Motsameta

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Gelati (Georgian: გელათის მონასტერი) is a medieval monastic complex near Kutaisi in the Imereti region of western Georgia. Built in the Georgian Golden Age, Gelati was founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The Gelati Monastery is in Kutaisi, Imereti Province, Georgia. It signifies the value of the Georgian Christian Orthodox religion. Inside the monastery there are murals and imagery surrounding the interior of the church dating back to the12th-17th centuries. It was one of the first monasteries in Georgia and adds to the Georgian culture.

The nickname of The Gelati Monastery is the “Golden Age of Georgia”. The monastery was built during the Byzantine Empire which is known for the use of gold aesthetic in their paintings and buildings. It was built to show how Christianity encompassed all of this land and that Georgia was filled with Christian gospel all around even high up in the mountains. As the monastery is covered in arches that stretch over mountains show how encompassing the monastery is over the mountains and over the hills.
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  • Easy drive to go here. Very impressive and untouched place, you really feel part of the history. So much better than Bagrati. Good guide and it was almost empty when we left. We gave the guide 5 lari....  more »
  • The most interesting church I've ever visited! Beautiful paintings with natural colors, interesting history and kings graves. Nice guide who spoke only Germany, but slowly enough for a Nordic citizen....  more »
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  • The nickname of The Gelati Monastery is the “Golden Age of Georgia”. The monastery was built during the Byzantine Empire which is known for the use of gold aesthetic in their paintings and buildings. It was built to show how Christianity encompassed all of this land and that Georgia was filled with Christian gospel all around even high up in the mountains. As the monastery is covered in arches that stretch over mountains show how encompassing the monastery is over the mountains and over the hills.
  • Lots of old, beautiful paintings cover the inner walls. The church is a bit far, but it's totally worth it for people who have not seen this style in churches before, or who is really into Georgian history. Otherwise I'd say it's pretty much as other churches in the country - not to underestimate the great importance it had it in Georgian history. It rained that day and it was foggy, so we could not see the landscape. I bet the view from there must be beautiful!

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