Gelati

Gelati is the most important ecclesiastical center of the Middle Ages, which was founded by David Agmashenebeli in 1106. The monastery complex includes: the main Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, the Church of St. George and St. Nicholas, a bell tower, an academy and a wall.

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Gelati

Gelati is the most important ecclesiastical center of the Middle Ages, which was founded by David Agmashenebeli in 1106. The monastery complex includes: the main Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, the Church of St. George and St. Nicholas, a bell tower, an academy and a wall. The dimensions of the Church of the Assumption are 35m x 35m, with a height of 34 meters. On the treated hewn stone facade of the church, there is almost no engraving. Frescoes of  different periods are visible on the walls. The twelfth century Church of St. George is designed to copy the main  church, but it is smaller in size. The walls are covered with paintings of the sixteenth century. Here also from the XIII-XIV centuries stands the two-storied Church of St. Nicholas.  Nearby, there is a bell tower of the thirteenth century, built on the banks of the spring. The complex includes an Academy, of which only remnants remain today. 
Gelati Monastery was the property of the Royal House. Its tombs hold the remains of David IV Agmashenebeli, Demetre I, George III, and others. Gelati was one of the richest feudal seigneuries and it enjoyed full autonomy. Even the Catholicos - Patriarch of Georgia had no right over it. The King had his personal representatives here. In 1510, the Ottomans burned the complex which was then rebuilt by Bagrat III. After the annexation of the Kingdom of Imereti to the Russian Empire, Gelati was demoted from the rank of a  church seigneury to a regular monastery.

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