Pictures of Betania (Bethania ) Monastery, Nativity of the Mother of God , Georgia (country) - { 29 images } Created 19 Jan 2019

Pictures photos images of the Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God Georgian Orthodox complex, Georgia. Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God is located on the steep isolated wooded slopes of the Vere River Valley. Although only 16KM (9.9m) southwest of Tbilisi, Betania Monastery is approached along a rough track that plunges into the Vere River Valley in a barely passable steep rough road. Betania Monastery is built in the classic “Golden Age” church architectural style of the 11th and 12th centuries. As the land it occupies was owned by the feudal Orbeli family it is believed that two Orbeli brothers paid for the monastery to be built. At the end of the 12th century the Orbeli family were removed as feudal overlords by the crown and were replaced by the Gostashabishvili family. Betania Monastery is built with a cruciform ground plan with a central straight sided cylindrical cupola with 12 windows at its centre. It is built from red and green tuff with geometric sculpted stonework around its windows and doors. The high dome is supported on 2 pillars and ledges of the altar wall. It is thought that some of the existing building may have been part of an earlier basilica style church. Surrounding the monastery was a high curtain fortification wall with a fortified gate as an entrance. The interior of Betania Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God has still has many frescoes including a notable fresco of King George III and his daughter – Queen Tamar., although many of which have sadly been damaged and need restoration. The frescoes poor state is due to the fact that after invasions of Georgia such as those in the 13th century, the monastery was probably over run and abandoned. Its isolated position in deep woodland led to Betania Monastery being forgotten all together and was only accidentally discovered by an architect and artist Gagarin, approximately in 1850. The ruined church was restored but the interior frescoes had been badly damaged by the weather. Photos of the interior frescoes is not permitted. Pictures & images of the Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God Georgian Orthodox complex, or buy as photo art prints`

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