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Unknown medieval monastery ruins discovered in Georgia
22 March, 2018
Ruins of a previously unknown medieval monastery have been discovered in Georgia’s south. According to the information released by the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, specialists of Rich Metals Group were carrying out geological works in a local forest when they found the site.
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Ruins of a previously unknown medieval monastery

The discovery of a historic importance was found near Pitareti Monastery, a medieval Orthodox Christian monastery in Georgia, approximately 26 km southwest of the town of
Tetritsqaro, Kvemo Kartli, southwest of the country’s capital Tbilisi. The historic monument will be studied by the experts of archaeology and history.
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The discovery is of a historic importance

The group of historians, experts and architects examined the site together with the local population, who might have some additional information about the ruins of the medieval monastery. The information about the newly discovered monastery is not found in historical sources or in scientific literature. As it turns out, even the locals have not heard anything about it.
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The historians suppose that the newly found medieval monastery dates back to the 8th-9th centuries

As of today’s data, the ruins of the monastery are located 3 kilometers away from the Pitareti Monastery, which appears to have been built in the reign of Georgian king George IV early in the 13th century.
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The monastery is heavily damaged

The historians suppose that the newly found medieval monastery dates back to the 8th-9th centuries and once it was a small church built with stones formed from shattered rock formations, located on a hilltop in the Kvemo Kartli province.
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The building remains are preserved on the site

According to the scholars, the monastery is heavily damaged and its architectural details and remains are spread all around. The building remains are preserved on the site and most of them are buried under the ground.
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Most of the building remains are buried under the ground

The ruins of the fence and the rooms where supposedly the monks lived are visible around the church.

Scribbles on walls of the medieval church were left by pilgrims in various time periods, the agency noted in its release.
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As the monument has not been studied scientifically, the Cultural Heritage Agency of Georgia is planning detailed examination of the newly discovered medieval monastery and it surroundings.
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After conducting the scientific studies, the agency will care about the conservation of the monastery complex

After conducting the scientific studies, the agency will care about the conservation of the monastery complex. At this stage, the agency has already launched the procedures for granting the status of the Immovable Monument of Cultural Heritage to the site.

Photo courtesy Georgia’s Cultural Heritage Agency

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