In Greek mythology, the Golden Fleece is the fleece of the gold-hair winged ram, which was held in Colchis. The fleece is a symbol of authority and kingship. It figures in the tale of the hero Jason and his band of Argonauts, who set out on a quest for the fleece by order of King Pelias. Through the help of Medea, they acquire the Golden Fleece.
Everyone knows this story, but who knows where Colchis was? It was in Georgia!
Kutaisi is Georgia's second largest city, legislative capital, and the capital of the western region of Imereti. Archeological evidence indicates that the city functioned as the capital of the kingdom of Colchis as early as the second millennium BC.
It is a nice city and almost totally absent on TE. Near Kutaisi there are two Unesco Heritage sited, the monasteries of Gelati and Bagrati, and a beautiful monastery of Motsameta.
Here I present Fountain of Kolkhida. This fountain was built in 2011 by David Gogichaishvili. Fountain has 30 gold plated statues. Statues are copies of those, which were found during archaeological excavations in Kolkhida lowland and belong to the Kolchida bronze culture.
The photo was made early in the morning when it was still cloudy. On the right side you can see “Tamada” - original statue belongs to VII century BC and was founf in Vani, near Kutaisi.
A tamada is a Georgian toastmaster at a Georgian Supra (feast) or at a Russian wedding. I saw the copies of this sculpture also in Tbilisi and Sighnaghi.
Two other views I will post as workshops.
Even if not speciallly good photos, I hope you will find it interesting. I presented lately well known places, so now something new.
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mesutilgim (79916) 2014-04-27 0:56
Hello dear Malgo, my "almost" neighbour today !
Another topclass capture from Georgia with perfect popv and nice soft light which allows us to see every fine detail here.
But more than this, your notes given to this entry !
It was allways my dream to make the same trip on the same rute, as the Argonouts did it once upon a time !
Who knows ? Maybe I shall manage it one day !
TFS and have a great Sunday
danos (83031) 2014-04-27 1:08
here in Greece one of the first lesson from Greek mythology,is the tale of the Golden fleece,as you describe in your informative note about it..Excellent the presentation of this impressive fountain with the lot of elements to tell the story about the tale of the Argonauts.
gildasjan (40792) 2014-04-27 1:10
De la couleur bleue et du jaune or pour un très bel accord de couleurs.
Fis2 (81838) 2014-04-27 4:18
Konie jak trojanskie...
Ciekawa fontanna, otoczenie robi wrazenie.
Dobry kadr i kolory.
Krzysztof i G.
Na majówkê w czwartek :)
Romano46 (16578) 2014-04-27 4:54
altra bella, spettacolare e nitidissima foto dalla Georgia che rimane impressa nella memoria e che offre un ulteriore immagine di questa regione.
Colori e definizione impeccabile sono ormai caratteristiche peculiari delle tue ultime fotografie.
Non posso che complimentarmi per l'affinamento continuo delle tue capacità fotografiche.
Ciao e buona domenica
Sergiom (54331) 2014-04-27 5:49
Quelle fontaine remarquable. Le regard ne sait plus sur quoi s'attarder tellement il y a de choix.Les deux chevaux au sommet brillent de tous leurs feux.
Noel_Byrne (20682) 2014-04-27 6:09
What an excellent subject, this fountain is beautiful! The gold of the central part shimmers like a kings ransom in the centre, and is complimented well by the blue tones that the others are standing on. THis is an excellent work, and the pastel sky behind makes a lovely backdrop. Thanks for the workshops too!
All the best
rigoletto (34197) 2014-04-27 6:14
in high school, we staged euripides' medea, so i know terms like iason, argonauts, colchis, symplegades, dardanelles etc since those times :) of course it is so nice to see this fountain from that mythical town from the lens of a fellow photog.
Nicou (116138) 2014-04-27 8:32
Merveilleux cette fontaine elle est immense avec ces beaux jet d'eau et toutes ces statue et décoration et la partie centrale qui domine sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
carlo62 (27474) 2014-04-27 14:38
una fontana molto originale, ma interessante, la tua nota è molto esaustiva.
Le statue che compongono la fontana sono molte, lo spettacolo dal vivo deve essere magnifico.
photoray (10097) 2014-04-27 14:52
A very magical scene for the replica Bronze Age statues surrounded by flowing fountain waters, and the connection to Jason and the Argonauts search for the Golden Fleece.
And a bonus with your historical note identifying Colchis being in Kutaisi.
fritzi007 (2662) 2014-04-27 14:59
wirklich ein unglaublich interessantes Foto und dein Kommentarist genial, in letzter Zeit sind die"alten Griechen"in meinen Fokus geraten, sie waren im ganzen Mittelmeer verstreit. Ich war vom 13-20 April in Italien, Griechenland und Monte Negro.
rychem (19383) 2014-04-27 21:50
Ale mają ludzie pomysły, zastanawiam się, gdzie jest granica między sztuką a kiczem. Sama fontanna do mnie nie przemawia, ale ciekawostka pierwszorzędna,
jjcordier (73182) 2014-04-27 22:55
Trois photos et une bonne note pour nous présenter cette très originale fontaine.
ikeharel (52153) 2014-05-09 5:06
Excelent shutter speed made the water seem to "freeze" on the air, gave a fabulous texture to the whole complex of statues around the fountain.
Blue and yellow mingle well onto the brown, a nice contrast achieved.
mcmtanyel (10392) 2014-06-10 19:27
I appreciate your effort to post from less well known sites. I think all of these images give a good idea about this interesting monument. Wow, gold-plated public monuments? I know of a few places where such things would not survive.
PS. Yes, it was an organized tour. It was a good introduction to the country, but I share your reservation about such tours. It was frustrating from a photographic point of view, but valuable for a good overview.