Throwback Thursday: The Medieval Churches of Georgia (Country)

In late 2010 and early 2011, I had the privilege of working in the beautiful country of Georgia in the Caucasus.  According to historians, Georgia was among the first countries in the world to embrace Christianity (second only to Armenia) and Georgians live up to its reputation as deeply religious, very friendly and hospitable people.  Religious tolerance is also a strong characteristic of Georgians and many of my Georgian friends quickly point out that in one area in Tbilisi, its capital, the churches of five different religions peacefully co-exist within a few meters from each other.

I was fortunate enough to have met and worked with Georgian colleagues who were very eager to show me around during my visits. Of course, having been told about its deep religious roots, one of the first things I wanted to see were the various medieval churches dominating the landscapes from hills and mountains to the urban centers of prominent cities.  Below are some of the photos of the churches which I featured in a series of posts in October 2011.

12th Century  Metekhi Church in Tbilisi, Copyright Jessie T. Ponce 2010

12th Century Metekhi Church in Tbilisi, Copyright Jessie T. Ponce 2010

Metekhi Church, Georgia

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Entrance to Gelati Monastery, Kutaisi, Georgia

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Gelati Monastery, Kutaisi, Georgia

The Motsameta Monastery, Georgia. Copyright Jessie T. Ponce 2011

The Motsameta Monastery, Georgia. Copyright Jessie T. Ponce 2011

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Entrance to Motsameta, Kutaisi, Georgia

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Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta, Georgia

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Svetitskhoveli from across the river, Mtskheta, Georgia

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Bagrati Cathedral, Kutaisi, Georgia

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The City of Kutaisi as viewed from Bagrati, Kutaisi, Georgia

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Jvari Monastery, Mtskheta, Georgia

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The Jvari from the river below, Mtskheta, Georgia

The actual posts and stories behind these churches can be found here:

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