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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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  • We were travelling as part of a tour and were lucky to be given a wonderful concert by three talented gentlemen. The church still has quite a lot of scaffolding but it's a beautiful place with lovely....  more
    We were travelling as part of a tour and were lucky to be given a wonderful concert by three talented gentlemen. The church still has quite a lot of scaffolding but it's a beautiful place with lovely....  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Gelati was not simply a monastery: it was also a centre of science and education, and the Academy established there was one of the most important centres of culture in ancient Georgia. King David gathered eminent intellectuals to his Academy such as Johannes Petritzi, a Neo-Platonic philosopher best known for his translations of Proclus, and Arsen Ikaltoeli, a learned monk, whose translations of doctrinal and polemical works were compiled into his Dogmatikon, or book of teachings, influenced by Aristotelianism. Gelati also had a scriptorium were monastic scribes copied manuscripts (although its location is not known). Among several books created there, the best known is an amply illuminated 12th century gospel, housed in the National Centre of Manuscripts.
  • It's been under construction for a year or so, which I understand is a good thing but it slightly ruins the experience when you walk in the church and instead of beautiful frescoes you are looking at a construction site. The history is fascinating and once it will be reconstructed I am sure I will change my rating to 5 haha. Free entrance, accessible by marshrutka for 2GEL. Runs once per hour approx.

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