The Gelati Monastery in Kutaisi
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1994; the Gelati is a monastic compound containing the Church of the Virgin built in 1106 and the 13th century churches of St George and St Nicholas. It was once the cultural and intellectual center of Georgia and contains the burial ground of one of the greatest Georgian kings, David the Builder.
The monastery is located on the hills just outside of Kutaisi, in the Imereti region of Georgia. It was during a quick stop-over when I took these photos. We wanted to cover 3 monasteries and a nature park in the city in less than 4 hours so there was not much time to fully enjoy the beauty of the place.
It was mid-afternoon and the day was really sunny when we visited the monastery. The long, dark shadows provided interesting effects on the images I captured so I decided to set the last photo in sepia to emphasize the play of light and shadows.
For my other articles and photos about Kutaisi at Hubpages, follow these links:
- Exotic Travel Destinations: The Medieval Cathedrals and Monasteries of Kutaisi
- Exotic Travel Destinations – Georgia: The Sataplia Cave and Nature Reserve in Kutaisi
- The Metekhi Church in Tbilisi (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- Wine/Culture Tour of Georgia, 2011 (harrogatewine.wordpress.com)
- Structures in Sepia (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- Faithful Wells and Distant Bells (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- Black Forest (travellingartist.wordpress.com)
- Experiments in Texture (travellingartist.wordpress.com)