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Vardzia is a cave city in southern Georgia, near the border with Armenia. It was built in the twelfth century by Queen Tamara. During much of its history it was used as a monastery. The city was built high in the cliffs to make it safe from invading Persians.


The Two Cities - Kutaisi Culture

Atskuris Tsikhe
In a narrow part of the Borjomi valley in the Borjomi-kharagauli National Park, there used to be a majestic fort in the way. Nowadays, the village of Atskuri lies peacefully next to the ruins of Atskuris Tsikhe.

Romanov Summer Palace

Catherine Phillpott pictured outside the Romanov Summer Palace, now a hotel, in the beautiful National Park of Borjomi

Here is a typically ornate Georgian building in the Borjomi region. This beautiful building is a Guest house.

Romanesque towers Svaneti, Georgia.


Bagrat III died in 1014

Bagrati Monastery Kutaisi

Bagrat was known as a great promoter of Georgian Orthodox culture. Not only did he encourage learning and patronize the fine arts, but he built several churches and monasteries throughout his kingdom with the "Bagrati Cathedral" at Kutaisi, Bedia Monastery in Abkhazia, and Nikortsminda Cathedral in Racha being the most important.

The Monastery of the Virgin

Gelati near Kutaisi was founded by the King of Georgia David the Builder (1089-1125) in 1106.

The Gelati Monastery for a long time remained one of the main cultural and enlightening centers in old Georgia. It had an Academy which employed the most celebrated Georgian scientists - theologians and philosophers, many of whom had previously been active at various orthodox monasteries abroad or at the Mangan Academy in Constantinople.

Newport Civic Centre, Wales (left)

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