Gelati Monastery near Kutaisi was the last place I visited in my Caucasus trip and this is my last photo from this excursion. I visited some interesting places, like Holy Seats if Mccheta or Etchmiajin, ir beautiful Unesco Heritage site in Zvartnots but I had no time to show it. I hope that this series from less popular destinations were interesting for you.
At first, I wanted to post the view of the Monastery
, but finally the girl with the flowers seemed to me more lovely. I suppose she collected some flowers in order to bring them to the church.
Gelati (Georgian: გელათის მონასტერი) is a monastic complex near Kutaisi, Imereti, western Georgia. It contains the Church of the Virgin founded by the King of Georgia David the Builder in 1106, and the 13th-century churches of St George and St Nicholas.
The Gelati Monastery for a long time was one of the main cultural and intellectual centers in Georgia. It had an Academy which employed some of the most celebrated Georgian scientists, theologians and philosophers, many of whom had previously been active at various orthodox monasteries abroad, one of which was the Mangan Academy in Constantinople. Among the scientists were such celebrated scholars as Ioane Petritsi and Arsen Ikaltoeli.
Due to the extensive work carried out by the Gelati Academy, people of the time called it "a new Hellas" and "a second Athos".
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.
In Gelati is buried one of the greatest Georgian kings, David the Builder. Near his grave are the gates of Ganja, which were taken as trophies by king Demetrius I in 1138.
In 1994, Gelati Monastery was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Now there are renovations works done, outside and inside a church.
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holmertz (42273) 2014-05-08 11:36
So now you are bringing out the really nice photos. A little girl with flowers in her hand is always much more interesting than any church, mosque or palace. There is a slight green hue, but it's a lovely and spontaneous photo in nice surroundings.
saxo042 (37588) 2014-05-08 12:03
I can just agree with Gert, this is a very attractive picture. A very pretty girl, dressed in red, and with all these flowers. A very pleasant picture, this picture tells us much more than ordinary "postcards" without people. This is excellent!
mesutilgim (86096) 2014-05-08 13:24
Nice capture with perfect timing !She is surprised !
TFS and best regards
carlo62 (34490) 2014-05-08 14:57
in effetti questa bambina è proprio carina e il suo gesto è semplice e bello, come i suoi grandi occhi neri che, attraverso il tuo obiettivo, sembra mi stiano osservando.
Sonata11 (33298) 2014-05-08 19:39
Witaj Malgorzato, bardzo ladne zdjecie tej dziewczynki z kwiatami. Podoba mi sie ten klasztor jest rzeczywscie bardzo okazaly. Dzieki za ciekawa informacje. Podoba mi sie.
jjcordier (76976) 2014-05-08 22:02
Ce petit chaperon rouge apportant des fleurs à sa mère grand est adorable!
jurek1951 (42160) 2014-05-09 0:16
na calym swiecie dzieci sa takie same,ciekawe zycia,chca sie bawic tylko dorosli przewracaja im ten swiat do gory nogami,pozdrawiam
snunney (85659) 2014-05-09 4:18
A charming shot to finish off this delightful series of pictures. She seems very happy this little girl gambolling like a lamb and collecting buttercups. Very nicely framed and with appealing light and colours.
Cricri (108059) 2014-05-09 11:17
Toute beau portrait de cette petite fille avec sa tenue très coquette et les fleurs jaunes dans la main , le regard doux tourner vers toi
COSTANTINO (56799) 2014-05-09 23:44
Good morning my dear friend
excellent composition with the little
girl and the flowers
delicate and sweet shot I could say
the greenery makes this shot more
pretty and pleasant
have a nice day
ktanska (25076) 2014-05-11 4:10
A charming and well framed wide angle shot of the little girl and flowers. It looks like they are first flowers of the spring as one tree is still leafless and others have small ones. Pretty close the status we have here in the north at the moment. Cloudy weather does not take away the feeling of freshness.
fritzi007 (6619) 2014-05-14 13:07
wunderschönes Foto, sehr gute Bildqualität, gratuliere!
mcmtanyel (14245) 2014-06-30 21:07
This is quite a surprise here. In a monastery, one would expect to see older men in drab clothes. You show us a young girls in bright clothes. I also imagine paved grounds, we have green grass and yellow flowers covering the ground. Instead of old, massive stone buildings, I see a practical, modern looking house. What's the deal here?
Well, whatever the deal is, it resulted in a very nice photo, well done!