I continue my Georgia trip. Today I visited the David Gareja monastery. Like in many Caucasus monasteries, the setting is breath taking.
David Gareja is a rock-hewn Georgian Orthodox monastery complex located in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia, on the half-desert slopes of Mount Gareja, some 60–70 km southeast of Georgia's capital Tbilisi. The complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face.
Part of the complex is located in the Agstafa rayon of Azerbaijan and has become subject to a border dispute between Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The complex was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the thirteen Assyrian monks who arrived in the country at the same time. His disciples Dodo and Luciane expanded the original lavra and founded two other monasteries known as Dodo's Rka (literally, "the horn of Dodo") and Natlismtsemeli ("the Baptist").
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fritzi007 (8110) 2014-04-07 12:53
sehr gute Perspektive und Kommentar, gratuliere!
Weiterhin viel Glück auf deiner Reise.
carlo62 (37171) 2014-04-07 13:18
vedo che le bellezze non ti mancano, questo è un luogo fantastico, grazie alla tua splendida foto si riescono a vedere molti particolari e un panorama incredibilmente vasto.
Il tuo pov è scelto con cura, come l'inquadratura e la composizione, le due persone ci danno un forte senso delle misure e rendono il tutto ancora più incredibile.
Continua a mandarci foto, le apprezziamo molto.
lousat (81017) 2014-04-07 14:52
HI Malgo,new pic and new great spectacle from your trip,very lucky with the waeather too as i can see,i hope thay this warm sun still remain till the end of your travel.This landscape is magnificent,a lot of interesting and original architechtures in a fantastic scenery too,great great quality!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
daddo (25435) 2014-04-07 16:29
Hi Malgo. Breathtaking is the right word and your POV enhances the topography and the multileveled nature of the monastery complex. With a spartan diet and lots of exercise (uphill-downhill), plus hours of quietude, the monks must have lived a long life. Pozdrav. Klaudio.
jcpix (13726) 2014-04-07 21:35
Hey there Mrs. Itchy Feet,
I'm really liking this plunging view downwards on the monastery complex, it gives us a great idea of the hillside grade. It appears to be completely isolated, nothing but stretches of surrounding empty landscape...a good place to get away from it all, yeah? :) Good use of the couple along the path, aiding in the scale and scope of these structures. Bright, sharp and detailed with an informative note to tie it all together. I can only assume you're having a great time, and look forward to many more from these regions. Enjoy the new day. All the best. Travel safe.
jjcordier (78360) 2014-04-07 21:39
Un monastère très particulier et fascinant dans ce magnifique paysage. Bonne composition "en plongée".
jemaflor (88097) 2014-04-07 23:19
beatiful landcape with a good focal point in the Fg with mosnatry, good light management and interesting the details with people to give life at your photo about architecture.
Fis2 (88763) 2014-04-08 0:18
Ciekawa stara architektura.
Kosciolek jest super.
LAdny kadr i kolory.
Krzysztof i G.
papagolf21 (89033) 2014-04-08 2:07
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
La large version permet de savourer le lieu étonnant.
Encore une image impressionnante à tous points de vue.
J'admire et apprécie comme il se doit.
snunney (88281) 2014-04-08 3:13
You seem to have done very well with the weather today. A well framed composition with a fine depth to it. I like the light and, especially, the overall colour palette which forms a beautiful harmonious whole.
holmertz (43663) 2014-04-08 5:45
This was one of the plces I considered going to at the end of my journey, but after travelling for three weeks I was getting tired and it was very hot, so I changed my mind. But it's fun to see it now instead. Judging from only this photo the scenery looks more interesting than the monastery. You have captured the fine colours pf nature very well.
Sergiom (65153) 2014-04-08 5:55
J'aime beaucoup cette plongée vers la vallée en contrebas.Le monastère est de toute beauté et la lumière met bien l'architecture en valeur. Quel paysage de rêve.
saxo042 (37602) 2014-04-08 6:27
You had a good POV here, looking down over these interesting buildings. Seems like you were very high up on a slope. The shadowy wall provides a good diagonal in this picture and a very attractive view over the landscape here.
adramad (39770) 2014-04-08 8:10
I can see the latest photos of your gallery, the Georgia trip, showing you this fascinating places.
Fabulous beauty perspective this hillside with these original construction, the two people walking down the path, give us an idea of the grandeur of the place.
Very nice colorful tones very effective.
Good management of light and good sharpness.
Splendid image. My compliments.
Have a nice day.
All the best, my friend.
rychem (26758) 2014-04-08 9:02
Rzeczywiscie zapiera dech, widok na gory i z gory jest fantastyczny, a ludziom nalezy sie dziwic, ze w takim miejscu postawili klasztor
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-04-08 22:25
This is a splendid image of this gorgeous scene of this Monastary.
Your Pov, is great, but your Dof, is fantastic.
Waylim (25368) 2014-04-09 11:26
Sorry take a long time. I've been travelling, will be back home next week.
This is beautiful image, great light with beautiful view and amazing architecture within the beautiful landscape and background. Good quality photo and excellent composition.
ChrisJ (102721) 2014-04-14 13:44
I almost ended up teaching English in Tiblisi but opted for China instead. It certainly looks a lot less green than the Armenian border. The caves cut into the rocky slope are amazing. A goof downward pov with excellent sharpness and realistic color. The red tile roofs contrast well against the blue hues. Tfs!
PaulVDV (23959) 2014-04-27 10:00
Seeing this picture I surely regret that I have missed this place.
The landscape is very beautiful in its green and red colours.
An impressive view looking down on the red tiled tower and buildings, the pointed church tower and on the entrances of the rooms carved out of the rock.
Were you able to visit the parts of David Gareja on Azerbaijan's territory ?
Best regards, Paul
mcmtanyel (15547) 2014-04-29 17:34
This is a very unique monastery in rugged terrain. The more I see your photos, the more I want to visit that part of the world.