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The only four frescoes of glorious King Tamar of Georgia
14 May, 2016
On May 14 Georgian Orthodox Church commemorates feast day of great Georgian Queen Tamar, basically referred to as the King of Georgia. Tamar the Great ( 1160 – 18 January 1213) reigned as King regnant of Georgia from 1184 to 1213. Her ruling period is known as the Golden Age of Georgia, when the country’s territories expanded, the economy and culture flourished, and Georgian Renaissance took place. Only four frescoes of glorious and powerful Georgian King have survived up to now that help the historians and researchers envisage Tamar’s appearance and recreate her face. Queen Tamar’s frescos have been maintained in following places: in the Church of the Dormition in Vardzia (performed in 1185), in Betania Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God commonly known as Betania  (1207), in Kintsvisi Monastery in Eastern Georgia and final mural in Bertubani Monastery that dates back to 1212-1213 years and represents one of the caves in Davit Gareji rock-hewn complex.  Tamar's association with the period of political and military successes and cultural achievements, combined with her role as a female ruler, has led to her idealization and romanticization in Georgian arts and historical memory. She remains an important symbol in Georgian culture. Due to her achievements, contribution and kindness she has been canonized by the Georgian Orthodox Church.

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