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Gelati Monastery

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Gelati Monastery

Gelati is a monastic complex near Kutaisi, Imereti, western Georgia. It comprises the Church of the Virgin founded by the Georgian King 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 major cultural and intellectual centers in Georgia. It had an Academy took position some of the most famous Georgian scientists, theologians and philosophers, most of whom had previously been active at different orthodox monasteries abroad.


The Gelati Monastery has preserved a big number of frescos and manuscripts dating back to the 12th to 17th centuries. In Gelati is buried one of the renowned 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 admitted by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The site was listed in the 2008 World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites by the World Monuments Fund to pay attention to aggravation caused by durable disregard. 

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