Photographer's Note

Motsameta Monastery

I dedicate these 3 pictures to Malgo who will visit Georgia in spring, when my series will ultimately be finished. :)
So a new series of Georgia by Malgo will start soon after that. :)
Malgo, since you will begin your journey in Kutaisi, this monastery will be one of your first visits.

The main picture shows the access bridge and the church tower. In the workshop you find another picture of the church and a view of the surrounding landscape.

Motsameta Monastery is situated at 9 km from Kutaisi (the 2nd largest city of Georgia).
From on the cliff where the complex is situated there are great views of the surrounding landscape with its wooded hills.

The monastery was founded in the 8th century but the present church and bell-tower were built in the 11th century. All frescoes were destroyed by the Bolsheviks. Today there are new frescoes.
The church houses the bones of two brothers (two dukes) who were killed in the 720s because they refused to convert to islam.

Information from Bradt Travel Guide.

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