The Motsameta Monastery in Kutaisi
On to the 3rd of my series under Churches and Monasteries, I’m featuring in this post my photos of another monastery found in the city of Kutaisi in the Imereti Region of Georgia: the Motsameta Monastery. It was not clear to me when exactly this monastery was built but ‘Motsameta’ means martyrdom in Georgian and, according to history, the monastery stands on the site where two Georgian princes were executed by Turkish invaders in the 8th Century for their refusal to convert to Islam.
It was a bit difficult to capture the place in various angles. The monastery is precariously tucked along the cliffs of the river Tskhastsitela (the red river) into which the two martyred princes were thrown. Even the narrow path leading to the monastery followed the sides of a deep ravine and the view was often obscured by trees. So, unless I grew some wings or found a way to hover in space; I just had to find the best vantage points along the cliffsides, careful not to fall and accidentally join the martyrs in the river below.
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