Euronews special reportage on Georgia’s unique Jvari and Bagrati monasteries
14 June, 2018
Euronews special reportage on Georgia’s unique Jvari and Bagrati monasteries
Euronews offers viewing of worldwide landmarks for those interested in travelling. Some of the episodes of the programme have been dedicated to the distinguished sights in Georgia.
Through the reportage journalist gives insight into the history, location and present usage of special monuments in Georgia.

“The building techniques and high standards of engineering are a testament to ancient Georgian building practices. The remaining Great Church is the best example of this architectural type and has served as a model for many
other churches in the country.” – This is how the “postcard” refers to Jvari Monastery in Mtskheta, Georgia. Apart from mentioning its long history, spectacular site and Georgian building practices, the postcard emphasizes its importance for pilgrimages. Jvary monastery has been on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1994 and as Buba Kudava, Professor of History at the Caucasus University of Tbilisi explains to Euronews, The major significance of the monastery is its relation to the declaration of Christianity as a state religion in the country.

Another episode discovers Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi, Georgia. The reporter reviews its long history and its importance for Golden age in Georgia - "The construction of this church started a golden age for Georgia. For centuries, Bagrati has remained a symbol of the country with its high standards of education and culture." The cathedral suffered serious damage throughout the centuries and was renovated from 1952 to 2012.
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“The Cave Town” turns out to be the most precious architectural jewels of Georgia for Claudio Rosmino, the “Postcards” reporter. Musuem guide Tina Zedginidze explains to Euronews that Vardzia cave complex was built for approximately 48 years by hand and was designed to host 50,000 people for defence purposes. Later it served educational purposes as a Royal Monastery.
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The reporter calls Prometheus, Sataplia and Kumistavi - Alladdin’s Caves in Georgia. He is fascinated by the amazing network of caverns, breathtaking views of stalactites, stalagmites and underground rivers and how some of the rocks have been forming for up to 6 million years. The episode suggests visitors to complete their adventure by boat trip on an underground river in which the traveller can emerge from the magical cave - back into the outside world.
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