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Gergeti Trinity Church among world’s most beautiful churches - The Telegraph
15 January, 2018
The British Newspaper The Telegraph has published a list featuring the world’s most stunning churches. Among the 23 selected buildings are famous churches such as the Sagrada Familia in Spain, lesser known jewels such as the Church of St George in Ethiopia or the Borgund Stave Church in Norway – and Georgia’s Gergeti Trinity Church. The list includes 23 churches around the world and Georgia’s Gergeti Trinity Church comes in the sixth place.

The ancient church, dating from the 14th
century, stands at an elevation of 2170 meters, overlooking the small town of Stephantsminda, also reffered to as Kazbegi, in the North of the country. Apart from its religious purpose, the medieval church used to serve as a hiding place. During invasions at different times in Georgia's history the national treasure was hidden there, since it was hardly reachable for enemies.

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The view from Gergeti Trinity Church: Mount Kazbegi, one of the highest mountains in Georgia.

Nowadays, visitors can reach it by taxi or on a two-hour climb. The church has a separate bell tower and lies on the way to Mount Kazbegi, which – at the height of 5047 meters above sea level - is the third highest mountain in Georgia. During Soviet rule in Georgia, religious services were banned, but now many couples, including foreigners, ascend the mountain specifically to hold their wedding ceremonies there.

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The separate bell tower dates from the same period as the church itself.

It is not least because of these surroundings that The Telegraph has selected Gergeti Trinity Church: „It is possibly the setting, in the green and white Caucasus mountains, below the summit of Mt Kazbegi, that makes Gergeti Trinity Church quite so magnificent.”

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Among the selected churches by The Telegraph are also the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona...
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... the Borgund Stave Church in Norway...
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... or the Church of St George in Ethiopia. (Photo credits: AP)

Read the article by The Telegraph here

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