Georgia’s medieval Gelati Monastery being rehabilitated
30 April, 2018
Gelati Monastery, a medieval monastic complex near Kutaisi, in the Imereti region of western Georgia, is undergoing restoration works within the frames of its conservation plan. The surrounding area of the historic monument is also being renovated.

The National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia released a short video featuring the 12th century monastery in the process of rehabilitation.

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Gelati Monastery

As reported, the works are carried out by groups of architects and restorers from authoritative and highly qualified
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associations in Georgia.

With the financial support of the World Bank, Municipal Development Fund and the US Embassy Cultural Heritage Protection Fund, important steps have already been taken towards conservation and rehabilitation of the monument.
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The works are carried out by groups of restorers from authoritative and highly qualified associations

Particular aspects of the work include conservation of the stone material of the main monastery, while its roof is being examined as well. Construction works are ongoing of Visitor’s center in the vicinity of Gelati Monastery. The center will start operating soon within the frames of the historic-architectural museum-reserve of Kutaisi, the capital city of Georgia’s Imereti Region.

As a result of project implementation, a tourist infrastructure will be improved, which will in general be conducive to enhancement of social-material status of the local population. Moreover, visitors of the region will be able to benefit from the efficient tourist infrastructure.
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As a result of project implementation, a tourist infrastructure will be improved

In 2016, under the initiative of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation, the "Development Plan for Territory" has been initiated to restore the monastery territory and rehabilitate small facilities.

The implementation of this plan is one of the top priorities. Its realization, together with the rehabilitation of the Church of Virgin Mary and stone material conservation, will place Gelati Monastery among the monuments enjoying tourist infrastructure and support of highest quality.
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The implementation of this plan is one of the top priorities

According to the representatives of the heritage agency, restoring the structure of the Gelati building, conserving the stone material used in its construction and improving the surrounding area’s infrastructure will place the monastery among monuments in compliance with international standards.

Located in the city of historic importance, Kutaisi, Gelati is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and as an example of medieval Georgian architecture. Gelati Monastery occupies its place on the UNSECO cultural heritage list.
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Gelati Monastery occupies its place on the UNSECO cultural heritage list


Gelati was founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia and represents the architectural jewel of the Georgian Golden Age. It signifies the value of the Georgian Christian orthodox religion.

Inside the monastery is full of murals and an abundance amount imagery surrounding the interior of the church.
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Gelati was founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia

Historically, Gelati was one of the main cultural and intellectual centers in Georgia. It had an Academy which employed some of the most celebrated Georgian scientists, theologians and philosophers, many of whom had previously been active at various orthodox monasteries abroad, such as the Mangana Monastery in Constantinople.

Among the religious authors were celebrated scholars as Ioane Petritsi and Arsen Ikaltoeli. Due to the extensive work carried out by the Gelati Academy, people of the time called it "a new Hellas" and "a second Athos.”
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Gelati is the burial site of its founder and one of the greatest Georgian kings David IV

The Gelati Monastery has preserved a great number of murals and manuscripts dating back to the 12th to 17th centuries.

Gelati is the burial site of its founder and one of the greatest Georgian kings David IV.

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