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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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