Gelati monastery kutaisi imereti

Gelati monastery


About Gelati monastery

Best time to visit: All Season

The Gelati Monastery Complex is located in 11 km northwest of Kutaisi in Imereti region, Georgia, in the river Tskaltsiteli valley.

How can we get to  Gelati Monastery?

You need to visit Kutaisi to get to Gelati Monastery. There are different types of transport bus, microbus, train and flight from Tbilisi, Mestia and Ambrolauri. The transport goes from Didube and Tbilisi Central station.

Gelati Monastery is 9 km away from Kutaisi, for this reason, to get there you need to hire a taxi.


The monastery was founded by The King of Georgia David IV The builder (1089-1125). The ensemble includes a different period (mainly XII-XIII cc) buildings.  It is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list. In 2010-2017, the monument was listed as an endangered monument; it was taken from the list on 10 July 2017.

According to the historical source, Gelati was the place of burial of the kings of united Georgia and all the kings of XII-XIII cc (David IV, Demetre I, Giorgi III, Tamar, George IV) and Imereti Kings of XVI-XIX cc (Bagrat III George II, George III, Alexander V, Solomon I, the last Georgian king Solomon II) are buried in Gelati.

Gelati monastery complex includes the Medieval Educational center in Georgia called Gelati Academy. In the academy together with the teaching, there were also translation and scientific activities, original works were created there.

Gelati was the royal monastery in XII-XV cc and was directly ruled by King and royal chancellor (the first minister). The Rector of Gelati Academy was considered a high-ranking figure of the royal palace and was almost as Catholicos. The monastery's head nuns were members of the Kingdom palace.

The new life of the Gelati Academy was given by the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, on May 25, 1995, when Gelati Scientific Academy has established.

Gelati mosaic is protected in the main temple of Gelati monastery complex. It is a high example of a masterpiece with refined technique and masterful artistry.

There are the frescoes of the 12th century known as Church Council. In the south chapel, you can see XIII century dated portrait of David Narin and on the northern wall, there is fresco of David The Builder.

42.294707, 42.768059
Distance from the Capital
241 km (149.75 mi)

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