• Sunset over the traditional Greek Orthodox churches of Oia (ia), Cyclades Island of  Thira, Santorini, Greece.<br />
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The settlement of Oia had been mentioned in various travel reports before the beginning of Venetian rule, when Marco Sanudo founded the Duchy of Naxos in 1207 and feudal rule was instituted on Santorini. n 1537, Hayreddin Barbarossa conquered the Aegean islands and placed them under Sultan Selim II. However, Santorini remained under the Crispo family until 1566, passing then to Joseph Nasi and after his death in 1579 to the Ottoman Empire.
  • Traditional blue domed Greek Orthodox church of Oia, Santorini ( Thira ) Island, Greece.
  • Panoramic view of traditional blue domed Greek Orthodox church of Oia, Island of Thira, Santorini, Greece.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic ew of "la Gravina" ravine and the Sassi of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • View of the ancient Sassi of Matera area exterior, Basilicata, Italy. <br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
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The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Vew of "la Gravina" ravine and the Sassi of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Matera view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera from inside a Sassi cave, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Matera view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera from inside a Sassi cave, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Panoramic long view across "la Gravina" ravine to the Sassi of Matera at sunrise, Basilicata, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage site.<br />
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The area of Matera has been occupied since the Palaeolithic (10th millennium BC) making it one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world. <br />
The town of Matera was founded by the Roman Lucius Caecilius Metellus in 251 BC and remained a Roman town until  was conquered by the Lombards In AD 664 becoming part of the Duchy of Benevento.  Matera was subject to the power struggles of southern Italy coming under the rule of the Byzantine Roman, the Germans and finally Matera was ruled by the Normans from 1043 until the Aragonese took possession in the 15th century. <br />
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At the ancient heart of Matera are cave dwellings known as Sassi. As the fortunes of Matera failed the sassy became slum dwelling and the appalling living conditions became be the disgrace of Italy. From the 1970’s families were forcibly removed from the Sassi and rehoused in the new town of Matera. Today tourism has regenerated Matera and the sassi have been modernised and are lived in again making them probably the longest inhabited houses in the world dating back 9000 years.
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Varlaam on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Roussanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of Rossanou on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Medieval Meteora  Monastery of The Holy Trinity on top of a rock pillar in the Meteora Mountains, Thessaly, Greece
  • Pictures & Images of the Archangel Georgian Orthodox Church Georgian style exterior relief stone carvings of the apse, 10th - 11th century, Upper Krikhi, Krikhi, Georgia (country).<br />
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For a small church Krikhi Archangel Church is extremely well decorated on the outside with Georgian style bas relief stonework. The south door has intricate carvings along its pillars and in the architraves above the door. The churches small windows are highly decorated with stone tracery around them.
  • Pictures & Images of the Archangel Georgian Orthodox Church Georgian style exterior relief stone carvings of the south door, 10th - 11th century, Upper Krikhi, Krikhi, Georgia (country).<br />
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For a small church Krikhi Archangel Church is extremely well decorated on the outside with Georgian style bas relief stonework. The south door has intricate carvings along its pillars and in the architraves above the door. The churches small windows are highly decorated with stone tracery around them.
  • Pictures & Images of the Archangel Georgian Orthodox Church Georgian style exterior relief stone carvings of the south door, 10th - 11th century, Upper Krikhi, Krikhi, Georgia (country).<br />
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For a small church Krikhi Archangel Church is extremely well decorated on the outside with Georgian style bas relief stonework. The south door has intricate carvings along its pillars and in the architraves above the door. The churches small windows are highly decorated with stone tracery around them.
  • Pictures & Images of the Archangel Georgian Orthodox Church Georgian style exterior relief stone carvings of the south door, 10th - 11th century, Upper Krikhi, Krikhi, Georgia (country).<br />
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For a small church Krikhi Archangel Church is extremely well decorated on the outside with Georgian style bas relief stonework. The south door has intricate carvings along its pillars and in the architraves above the door. The churches small windows are highly decorated with stone tracery around them.
  • Archangel Georgian Orthodox Church Georgian style exterior, Krikhi, Georgia
  • Pictures & Images of the Archangel Georgian Orthodox Church Georgian style exterior, 10th - 11th century, Upper Krikhi, Krikhi, Georgia (country).<br />
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For a small church Krikhi Archangel Church is extremely well decorated on the outside with Georgian style bas relief stonework. The south door has intricate carvings along its pillars and in the architraves above the door. The churches small windows are highly decorated with stone tracery around them.
  • Pictures & Images of the Archangel Georgian Orthodox Church interior Georgian style exterior looking towards the altar apse, 10th - 11th century, Upper Krikhi, Krikhi, Georgia (country).
  • Pictures & Images of the Archangel Georgian Orthodox Church interior Georgian style fresco paintings of saints, 10th - 11th century, Upper Krikhi, Krikhi, Georgia (country).
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral exterior and its Georgian relief sculpture stonework depicting a saint, probably St Nicholas, above the main entrance, 11th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral exterior and its Georgian relief sculpture stonework window decorations, 11th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral exterior and its Georgian relief sculpture stonework window decorations, 11th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral exterior and its Georgian relief sculpture stonework window decorations, 11th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral exterior and its Georgian relief sculpture stonework cross decorations, 11th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral exterior and its Georgian relief sculpture stonework, 11th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral exterior and its Georgian relief sculpture stonework window decorations, 11th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral rich interior frescoes of the altar apse, 16th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & Images of the Tortum Water Falls, Coruh Valley, Erzurum in the Eastern Anatolia, Turkey.<br />
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The Tortum water falls are the largest in turkey with a drop of 164 feet (50 m) and 15 meters wide. Geologists believe they were formed in the Quaternary period by a massive landslide which blocked the deep steep sided Tortum Valley. This resulted in the formation of Tortum Lake which is 8 km long, 1 km wide and 100 meters deep.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral rich interior frescoes, 16th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral rich interior frescoes, 16th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral rich interior frescoes, 16th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral rich interior frescoes, 16th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Nikortsminda ( Nicortsminda ) St Nicholas Georgian Orthodox Cathedral rich interior frescoes, 16th century, Nikortsminda, Racha region of Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Site.
  • Pictures & images of Guzelyurt Chuch Mosque, formely St Gregorius church,  9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.
  • Pictures & images of Guzelyurt cave city across the the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.
  • Pictures & images of Guzelyurt cave city across the the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.
  • Pictures & images of Guzelyurt Chuch Mosque, formely St Gregorius church,  9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Guzelyurt Chuch Mosque, formely St Gregorius church is among the most beautiful early Christian buildings in Cappadocia.  Built in 385 by Emperor Theodosius it is dedicated to St Gregory of Nazianzus, a classically trained theologian. The original church has been altered into the Greek Cross floor plan of today.
  • Pictures & images of Guzelyurt Chuch Mosque, formely St Gregorius church,  9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Guzelyurt Chuch Mosque, formely St Gregorius church is among the most beautiful early Christian buildings in Cappadocia.  Built in 385 by Emperor Theodosius it is dedicated to St Gregory of Nazianzus, a classically trained theologian. The original church has been altered into the Greek Cross floor plan of today.
  • Pictures & images of Guzelyurt Chuch Mosque interior, formely St Gregorius church,  9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.
  • Pictures & images of the interior font of the  Comlekci Church,  10th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Comlekci Church is a Roman Byzantine church dating from the 10th century. the south section of the roof frescoes depict the Evangel, Christmas and the adoration of the magi. The northern panel frescoes depict Christ and the Cross.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes of the  Comlekci Church,  10th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Comlekci Church is a Roman Byzantine church dating from the 10th century. the south section of the roof frescoes depict the Evangel, Christmas and the adoration of the magi. The northern panel frescoes depict Christ and the Cross.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes of the  Comlekci Church,  10th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Comlekci Church is a Roman Byzantine church dating from the 10th century. the south section of the roof frescoes depict the Evangel, Christmas and the adoration of the magi. The northern panel frescoes depict Christ and the Cross.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes of the  Comlekci Church,  10th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Comlekci Church is a Roman Byzantine church dating from the 10th century. the south section of the roof frescoes depict the Evangel, Christmas and the adoration of the magi. The northern panel frescoes depict Christ and the Cross.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes of the  Comlekci Church,  10th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Comlekci Church is a Roman Byzantine church dating from the 10th century. the south section of the roof frescoes depict the Evangel, Christmas and the adoration of the magi. The northern panel frescoes depict Christ and the Cross.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes of the  Comlekci Church,  10th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Comlekci Church is a Roman Byzantine church dating from the 10th century. the south section of the roof frescoes depict the Evangel, Christmas and the adoration of the magi. The northern panel frescoes depict Christ and the Cross.
  • Pictures & images of the exterior of the Comlekci Church,  10th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Comlekci Church is a Roman Byzantine church dating from the 10th century. the south section of the roof frescoes depict the Evangel, Christmas and the adoration of the magi. The northern panel frescoes depict Christ and the Cross.
  • Pictures & images of the exterior of the Comlekci Church,  10th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Comlekci Church is a Roman Byzantine church dating from the 10th century. the south section of the roof frescoes depict the Evangel, Christmas and the adoration of the magi. The northern panel frescoes depict Christ and the Cross.
  • Pictures & images of Komurlu Church interior fresco of a Maltese Cross,  9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church dates back to the 9th or 10th century. It is carved out of a single rock massive with rock columns holding up the roof of its church . The arches of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church have rich architectural decorated relif sculptures. The naves are connected by rounded arches & there is a baptismal font to the east of the main entrance.
  • Pictures & images of Komurlu Church interior,  9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church dates back to the 9th or 10th century. It is carved out of a single rock massive with rock columns holding up the roof of its church . The arches of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church have rich architectural decorated relif sculptures. The naves are connected by rounded arches & there is a baptismal font to the east of the main entrance.
  • Pictures & images of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church decorative sculptures, 9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church dates back to the 9th or 10th century. It is carved out of a single rock massive with rock columns holding up the roof of its church . The arches of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church have rich architectural decorated relif sculptures. The naves are connected by rounded arches & there is a baptismal font to the east of the main entrance.
  • Pictures & images of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church interior, 9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church dates back to the 9th or 10th century. It is carved out of a single rock massive with rock columns holding up the roof of its church . The arches of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church have rich architectural decorated relif sculptures. The naves are connected by rounded arches & there is a baptismal font to the east of the main entrance.
  • Pictures & images of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church decorative sculptures, 9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church dates back to the 9th or 10th century. It is carved out of a single rock massive with rock columns holding up the roof of its church . The arches of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church have rich architectural decorated relif sculptures. The naves are connected by rounded arches & there is a baptismal font to the east of the main entrance.
  • Pictures & images of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church, 9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church dates back to the 9th or 10th century. It is carved out of a single rock massive with rock columns holding up the roof of its church . The arches of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church have rich architectural decorated relif sculptures. The naves are connected by rounded arches & there is a baptismal font to the east of the main entrance.
  • Pictures & images of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church, 9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.
  • Pictures & images of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church, 9th century, the Vadisi Monastery Valley, "Manastır Vadisi”,  of the Ihlara Valley, Guzelyurt , Aksaray Province, Turkey.<br />
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Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church dates back to the 9th or 10th century. It is carved out of a single rock massive with rock columns holding up the roof of its church . The arches of Kalburlu (St. Epthemios) church have rich architectural decorated relif sculptures. The naves are connected by rounded arches & there is a baptismal font to the east of the main entrance.
  • Close up pictures & images of the socialist art of the Treaty of Georgievsk or Friendship Monument situated on the Georgian Military Highway high in the Caucasus mountains, Jvari Pass , Gudauri, Georgia (country).<br />
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The Friendship Monument was built in 1983 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Treaty of Georgievsk and the ongoing friendship between Soviet Georgia and Soviet Russia.
  • Close up pictures & images of the socialist art of the Treaty of Georgievsk or Friendship Monument situated on the Georgian Military Highway high in the Caucasus mountains, Jvari Pass , Gudauri, Georgia (country).<br />
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The Friendship Monument was built in 1983 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Treaty of Georgievsk and the ongoing friendship between Soviet Georgia and Soviet Russia.
  • Pictures & images of the Treaty of Georgievsk or Friendship Monument situated on the Georgian Military Highway high in the Caucasus mountains, Jvari Pass , Gudauri, Georgia (country).<br />
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The Friendship Monument was built in 1983 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Treaty of Georgievsk and the ongoing friendship between Soviet Georgia and Soviet Russia.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of Murkmeli, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  Murkmeli is a village near Ushguli is a group of four remote villages. At 2,200 m (7217 ft) above sea level in the Caucasus mountains these are the highest inhabited villages in Europe. Murkmeli has well preserved stone Svanetian defensive tower houses attached to stone family houses. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of Murkmeli, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  Murkmeli is a village near Ushguli is a group of four remote villages. At 2,200 m (7217 ft) above sea level in the Caucasus mountains these are the highest inhabited villages in Europe. Murkmeli has well preserved stone Svanetian defensive tower houses attached to stone family houses. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of Murkmeli, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  Murkmeli is a village near Ushguli is a group of four remote villages. At 2,200 m (7217 ft) above sea level in the Caucasus mountains these are the highest inhabited villages in Europe. Murkmeli has well preserved stone Svanetian defensive tower houses attached to stone family houses. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of Murkmeli, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  Murkmeli is a village near Ushguli is a group of four remote villages. At 2,200 m (7217 ft) above sea level in the Caucasus mountains these are the highest inhabited villages in Europe. Murkmeli has well preserved stone Svanetian defensive tower houses attached to stone family houses. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of Davberi village in the Caucasus mountains, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of Davberi village in the Caucasus mountains, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of Lashtkhveri village in the Caucasus mountains, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of Lashtkhveri village in the Caucasus mountains, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of Lashtkhveri village in the Caucasus mountains, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of soli village, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Stone medieval Svaneti tower houses of soli village, Upper Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Mestia, Georgia.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • River Enguri valley in th Caucasus mountains, Upper Svaneti, Georgia (country)
  • Picture & image the interior apse medieval frescoes of Theotokos, depicting the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and child, Khobi Georgian Orthodox Cathedral, 13th century,  Khobi Monastery, Khobi, Georgia.
  • Picture & image the interior medieval frescoes of Khobi Georgian Orthodox Cathedral, 13th century,  Khobi Monastery, Khobi, Georgia.
  • Close up picture & image medieval Georgian architectural stone work of the medieval Khobi Monastery and Khobi Georgian Orthodox Cathedral, 10th -13th century, Khobi, Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the medieval Khobi Monastery Gate House & bell Tower, 10th -11th century, Khobi, Georgia.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes on the barrel vaulted roof of of Ubisa St. George Georgian Orthodox medieval monastery, Georgia (country)<br />
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The 14th century lavish interior frescoes were painted by Gerasim in a local style known as Palaeologus  following Byzantine influences.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes of Christ Pantocrator in the Apse of Ubisa St. George Georgian Orthodox medieval monastery, Georgia (country)<br />
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The 14th century lavish interior frescoes were painted by Gerasim in a local style known as Palaeologus  following Byzantine influences.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes on the barrel vaulted roof of of Ubisa St. George Georgian Orthodox medieval monastery, Georgia (country)<br />
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The 14th century lavish interior frescoes were painted by Gerasim in a local style known as Palaeologus  following Byzantine influences.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes on the barrel vaulted roof of of Ubisa St. George Georgian Orthodox medieval monastery, Georgia (country)<br />
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The 14th century lavish interior frescoes were painted by Gerasim in a local style known as Palaeologus  following Byzantine influences.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes of Ubisa St. George Georgian Orthodox medieval monastery, Georgia (country)<br />
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The 14th century lavish interior frescoes were painted by Gerasim in a local style known as Palaeologus  following Byzantine influences.
  • Pictures & images of the interior frescoes of Christ Pantocrator in the Apse of Ubisa St. George Georgian Orthodox medieval monastery, Georgia (country)<br />
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The 14th century lavish interior frescoes were painted by Gerasim in a local style known as Palaeologus  following Byzantine influences.
  • Pictures & images of Ubisa St. George Georgian Orthodox medieval monastery, 1141, Georgia (country)<br />
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Ubisa St. George was founded by St. Grigol (Gregory) of Khandzta under the patronage of King of Abkhazs Demetre II. The church is a single nave with a single apse above the altar.
  • Pictures & images of Ubisa St. George Georgian Orthodox medieval monastery, 1141, Georgia (country)<br />
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Ubisa St. George was founded by St. Grigol (Gregory) of Khandzta under the patronage of King of Abkhazs Demetre II. The church is a single nave with a single apse above the altar.
  • Pictures & images of Ubisa St. George Georgian Orthodox medieval monastery, 1141, Georgia (country)<br />
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Ubisa St. George was founded by St. Grigol (Gregory) of Khandzta under the patronage of King of Abkhazs Demetre II. The church is a single nave with a single apse above the altar.
  • Picture & image of the medieval Sapara Monastery Georgian Orthodox monastery church of St Saba, 13th century, Akhaltsikhe, Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the medieval Sapara Monastery Georgian Orthodox monastery church of St Saba, 13th century, Akhaltsikhe, Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the medieval Sapara Monastery Georgian Orthodox monastery church of St Saba, 13th century, Akhaltsikhe, Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the medieval Sapara Monastery Georgian Orthodox monastery church of St Saba, 13th century, Akhaltsikhe, Georgia.
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval relief carved architectural panels from the cave city and monastery of Vardzia, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave Church of the Dormition interior secco paintings, part of the cave city and monastery of Vardzia, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave Church of the Dormition interior secco paintings, part of the cave city and monastery of Vardzia, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave Church of the Dormition Georgian inscription over door, part of the cave city and monastery of Vardzia, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave interior of the city and monastery, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave interior of the city and monastery, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave city and monastery, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave city and monastery, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave city and monastery, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave city and monastery, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave city and monastery, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave city and monastery, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • Picture & image of Vardzia medieval cave city and monastery, Erusheti Mountain, southern Georgia (country)<br />
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Inhabited from the 5th century BC, the first identifiable phase of building took place at  Vardzia in the reign of Giorgi III (1156-1184) to be continued by his successor, Queen Tamar 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out of the rock and decorated with frescoes
  • picture & image of the interior and frescoes of the Samtavisi Georgian Orthodox Cathedral, 11th century, Shida Karti Region, Georgia (country)<br />
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Built during the so called 10-11th century “Georgian Golden Era” Samtavisi cathedral is a built in classical Georgian style of the period. Layout on a cruciform ground plan with a high central cylindrical central cupola.
  • picture & image of exterior stone work decorations of the Samtavisi Georgian Orthodox Cathedral, 11th century, Shida Karti Region, Georgia (country)<br />
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Built during the so called 10-11th century “Georgian Golden Era” Samtavisi cathedral is a built in classical Georgian style of the period. Layout on a cruciform ground plan with a high central cylindrical central cupola.
  • picture & image of exterior stone work decorations of the Samtavisi Georgian Orthodox Cathedral, 11th century, Shida Karti Region, Georgia (country)<br />
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Built during the so called 10-11th century “Georgian Golden Era” Samtavisi cathedral is a built in classical Georgian style of the period. Layout on a cruciform ground plan with a high central cylindrical central cupola.
  • Picture & image of Samtavisi Georgian Orthodox Cathedral, 11th century, Shida Karti Region, Georgia (country)<br />
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Built during the so called 10-11th century “Georgian Golden Era” Samtavisi cathedral is a built in classical Georgian style of the period. Layout on a cruciform ground plan with a high central cylindrical central cupola.
  • Picture & image of Samtavisi Georgian Orthodox Cathedral, 11th century, Shida Karti Region, Georgia (country)<br />
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Built during the so called 10-11th century “Georgian Golden Era” Samtavisi cathedral is a built in classical Georgian style of the period. Layout on a cruciform ground plan with a high central cylindrical central cupola.
  • Picture & image of Samtavisi Georgian Orthodox Cathedral, 11th century, Shida Karti Region, Georgia (country)<br />
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Built during the so called 10-11th century “Georgian Golden Era” Samtavisi cathedral is a built in classical Georgian style of the period. Layout on a cruciform ground plan with a high central cylindrical central cupola.
  • Picture & image of Katskhi Pillar Georgian Orthodox church on a 40 m (130 ft) natural limestone rock pillar near Chiatura, Imereti Region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Studies have shown that the pillar was an early medieval hermitage occupied from at least the 9th century.
  • Picture & image of Katskhi Pillar Georgian Orthodox church on a 40 m (130 ft) natural limestone rock pillar near Chiatura, Imereti Region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Studies have shown that the pillar was an early medieval hermitage occupied from at least the 9th century.
  • Picture & image of the exterior geometric reief sculpture architectural details of Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God Georgian Orthodox complex, Georgia.<br />
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Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a 11th century church with a cruciform ground plan and dome in the style of Georgian Orthodox church  architecture of the "Golden Age" of the Kingdom of Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the exterior geometric reief sculpture architectural details of Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God Georgian Orthodox complex, Georgia.<br />
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Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a 11th century church with a cruciform ground plan and dome in the style of Georgian Orthodox church  architecture of the "Golden Age" of the Kingdom of Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the  Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God Georgian Orthodox complex, Georgia.<br />
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Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a 11th century church with a cruciform ground plan and dome in the style of Georgian Orthodox church  architecture of the "Golden Age" of the Kingdom of Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the  Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God Georgian Orthodox complex, Georgia.<br />
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Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a 11th century church with a cruciform ground plan and dome in the style of Georgian Orthodox church  architecture of the "Golden Age" of the Kingdom of Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the  Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God Georgian Orthodox complex, Georgia.<br />
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Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a 11th century church with a cruciform ground plan and dome in the style of Georgian Orthodox church  architecture of the "Golden Age" of the Kingdom of Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the  Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God Georgian Orthodox complex, Georgia.<br />
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Betania (Bethania ) Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a 11th century church with a cruciform ground plan and dome in the style of Georgian Orthodox church  architecture of the "Golden Age" of the Kingdom of Georgia.
  • Picture & image of the medieval fortified gate to the Cathedral Of Transfiguration, Medieval Georgian Orthodox, 7-9th century,  Ruisi, Georgia.<br />
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A typical Georgian cruciform & cupola church Ruisi Cathedral Of Transfiguration was built by King Vakhtang Gorgasali in a typical 7th century style.
  • Picture & image of the Cathedral Of Transfiguration, Medieval Georgian Orthodox, 7-9th century,  Ruisi, Georgia.<br />
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A typical Georgian cruciform & cupola church Ruisi Cathedral Of Transfiguration was built by King Vakhtang Gorgasali in a typical 7th century style.
  • Picture & image of Ateni Sioni Georgian Orthodox tetraconch Church, 7th century, Ateni, Georgia.<br />
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Built in the 7th century following the ground plan of Jvari Monastery Ateni Sioni Georgian Orthodox follows a tetraconch cruciform layout with four apse with niches between each and a central cupola.
  • Picture & image of Ateni Sioni Georgian Orthodox tetraconch Church, 7th century, Ateni, Georgia.<br />
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Built in the 7th century following the ground plan of Jvari Monastery Ateni Sioni Georgian Orthodox follows a tetraconch cruciform layout with four apse with niches between each and a central cupola.
  • Picture & image of Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, house stone shelves, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of cave dwellings, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of cave dwellings, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of cave dwellings, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of the Red Hall interior, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of the interior of the one pillar hall Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of rock caves of Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of rock caves of Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of rock caves of Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of rock caves of Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of Queen Tamar's Hall interior, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of Queen Tamar's Hall, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of the Theatron vaulted ceiling, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) Theatron. A cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of the medieval Christian Basilica, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of the medieval Christian Basilica, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Picture & image of the medieval Christian Basilica, Uplistsikhe (Lords Fortress) troglodyte cave city, near Gori, Shida Kartli, Georgia. UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List<br />
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Inhabited from the early Iron age to the late middle ages Uplistsikhe cave city eas, during the Roman & Hellenistic period, home to around 20,000 people.
  • Close up picture & image of bas reliefs of the main entrance to David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country)<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The monastery is spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Close up picture & image of bas reliefs of the main entrance to David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country)<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The monastery is spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Close up picture & image of a Georgian inscription on the main entrance to David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country)<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The monastery is spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces
  • Picture & image of main gate house of David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country). 25 km (15 miles) from Gardabani<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The 24 plus monasteries of David Gareja are spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja ridge, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Picture & image of interior of church, David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country)<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The monastery is spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Picture & image of main gate house of David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country). 25 km (15 miles) from Gardabani<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The 24 plus monasteries of David Gareja are spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja ridge, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Picture & image of the rock caves of David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country). 25 km (15 miles) from Gardabani<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The 24 plus monasteries of David Gareja are spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja ridge, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Picture & image of David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country). 25 km (15 miles) from Gardabani<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The 24 plus monasteries of David Gareja are spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja ridge, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Picture & image of David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country). 25 km (15 miles) from Gardabani<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The 24 plus monasteries of David Gareja are spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja ridge, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Picture & image of David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country). 25 km (15 miles) from Gardabani<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The 24 plus monasteries of David Gareja are spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja ridge, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Picture & image of David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country). 25 km (15 miles) from Gardabani<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The 24 plus monasteries of David Gareja are spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja ridge, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Picture & image of David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country). 25 km (15 miles) from Gardabani<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The 24 plus monasteries of David Gareja are spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja ridge, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Picture & image of David Gareja Georgian Orthodox monastery, Mount Gareja, Kakheti Region, Georgia (country). 25 km (15 miles) from Gardabani<br />
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Founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the  thirteen Assyrian monks who built monasteries throughout Georgia. The 24 plus monasteries of David Gareja are spread out over a huge area of the arid Mount Gareja ridge, with small cells and chapels cut into cliff faces.
  • Pictures & imagse of the interior frescoes of the Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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The interior frescoes of date from the 11th - 13th century so the Timotesubani church of the Dormition is a treasure trove of medieval Georgian art created during the reign of Queen Tamar. The fresco murals have been rescued and preserved by the Global Fund of Cultural Heritage.
  • Pictures & imagse of the interior frescoes of the Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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The interior frescoes of date from the 11th - 13th century so the Timotesubani church of the Dormition is a treasure trove of medieval Georgian art created during the reign of Queen Tamar. The fresco murals have been rescued and preserved by the Global Fund of Cultural Heritage.
  • Pictures & imagse of the interior cupola frescoes of the Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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The interior frescoes of date from the 11th - 13th century so the Timotesubani church of the Dormition is a treasure trove of medieval Georgian art created during the reign of Queen Tamar. The fresco murals have been rescued and preserved by the Global Fund of Cultural Heritage.
  • Pictures & imagse of the interior frescoes of the Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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The interior frescoes of date from the 11th - 13th century so the Timotesubani church of the Dormition is a treasure trove of medieval Georgian art created during the reign of Queen Tamar. The fresco murals have been rescued and preserved by the Global Fund of Cultural Heritage.
  • Pictures & imagse of the interior frescoes of the Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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The interior frescoes of date from the 11th - 13th century so the Timotesubani church of the Dormition is a treasure trove of medieval Georgian art created during the reign of Queen Tamar. The fresco murals have been rescued and preserved by the Global Fund of Cultural Heritage.
  • Pictures & imagse of the interior frescoes of the Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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The interior frescoes of date from the 11th - 13th century so the Timotesubani church of the Dormition is a treasure trove of medieval Georgian art created during the reign of Queen Tamar. The fresco murals have been rescued and preserved by the Global Fund of Cultural Heritage.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & imagse of Timotesubani medieval Orthodox monastery Church of the Holy Dormition (Assumption), dedcated to the Virgin Mary, 1184-1213, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Built during the reigh of Queen Tamar during the “Golden Age of Georgia”, Timotesubani Church of the Holy Dormition is one of the most important examples of medieval Georgian architecture and art. <br />
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Built of pinkish Georgian brick to a cruciform floor plan. The eastern end of the church has 3 apses. Above the centre of the church is a high Georgian style cupola supported on 2 columns.
  • Pictures & images of the Georgian Orthodox church of the Virgin, early 17th century, Ananuri castle complex, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.
  • Pictures & images of the Georgian Orthodox church of the Virgin, early 17th century, Ananuri castle complex, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.
  • Pictures & images of the Georgian Orthodox church of the Virgin, early 17th century, Ananuri castle complex, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.
  • Pictures & images of the Georgian Orthodox church of the Virgin, early 17th century, Ananuri castle complex, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.
  • Pictures & images of the Georgian Orthodox church of the Virgin, early 17th century, Ananuri castle complex, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Assumption exterior bas relief Georgian stone work of a crucifix and angel figures,1689, Ananuri castle complex & Georgian Orthodox churches, 17th century, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.<br />
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The exterior of The Church of the Assumption is highly decorated with Georgian bas relief sculpture. Above the main door is a geometric stone relief of a crucifix which is the whole height of the facade. Either side of the crucifix are reliefs of the tree of life below which are reliefs of naive style angels.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Assumption exterior bas relief Georgian stone work of the tree of life,1689, Ananuri castle complex & Georgian Orthodox churches, 17th century, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.
  • Pictures & images of the Ananuri castle complex & Georgian Orthodox churches, 17th century, Georgia (country).<br />
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 Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.
  • Pictures & images of the Ananuri castle complex & Georgian Orthodox churches, 17th century, Georgia (country).<br />
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 Ananuri castle is situated next to the Military Road overlooking the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi. It was the castle of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi from the 13th century and was the scene of numerous battles. In 2007 Ananuri castle was enscribed on the   UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.
  • Pictures & images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church bell tower, 14th century, Gergeti, Khevi province, Georgia (country). At Sunset.
  • Pictures & images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church bell tower, 14th century, Gergeti, Khevi province, Georgia (country). At Sunset.
  • Pictures & images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church cupola close up, 14th century, Gergeti, Khevi province, Georgia (country). At Sunset.
  • Pictures & images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church and bell tower, 14th century, Gergeti, Khevi province, Georgia (country). At Sunset.
  • Pictures & images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church, 14th century, Gergeti, Khevi province, Georgia (country). At Sunset.
  • Pictures & images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church and bell tower, 14th century, Gergeti, Khevi province, Georgia (country). At Sunset.
  • Pictures & images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church and bell tower, 14th century, Gergeti, Khevi province, Georgia (country). At Sunset.
  • Pictures & images of the medieval fresco of saints on the front door of the Alaverdi St George Cathedral & monastery complex, 11th century, near Telavi, Georgia (country). <br />
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At 50 meters high Alaverdi St George Cathedral was once the highest cathedral in Georgia (now its the nes Tblisi cathedral). The cathedral is part of a Georgian Orthodox monastery founded by the monk Joseph [Abba] Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi. On the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List.
  • Pictures & images of the medieval Alaverdi St George Cathedral & monastery complex, 11th century, near Telavi, Georgia (country). <br />
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At 50 meters high Alaverdi St George Cathedral was once the highest cathedral in Georgia (now its the nes Tblisi cathedral). The cathedral is part of a Georgian Orthodox monastery founded by the monk Joseph [Abba] Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi. On the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List.
  • Pictures & images of the cupola of the medieval Alaverdi St George Cathedral & monastery complex, 11th century, near Telavi, Georgia (country). <br />
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At 50 meters high Alaverdi St George Cathedral was once the highest cathedral in Georgia (now its the nes Tblisi cathedral). The cathedral is part of a Georgian Orthodox monastery founded by the monk Joseph [Abba] Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi. On the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List.
  • Pictures & images of the medieval Alaverdi St George Cathedral & monastery complex, 11th century, near Telavi, Georgia (country). <br />
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At 50 meters high Alaverdi St George Cathedral was once the highest cathedral in Georgia (now its the nes Tblisi cathedral). The cathedral is part of a Georgian Orthodox monastery founded by the monk Joseph [Abba] Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi. On the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List.
  • Pictures & images of the medieval Alaverdi St George Cathedral & monastery complex, 11th century, near Telavi, Georgia (country). <br />
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At 50 meters high Alaverdi St George Cathedral was once the highest cathedral in Georgia (now its the nes Tblisi cathedral). The cathedral is part of a Georgian Orthodox monastery founded by the monk Joseph [Abba] Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi. On the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List.
  • Pictures & images of the medieval Alaverdi St George Cathedral & monastery complex, 11th century, near Telavi, Georgia (country). <br />
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At 50 meters high Alaverdi St George Cathedral was once the highest cathedral in Georgia (now its the nes Tblisi cathedral). The cathedral is part of a Georgian Orthodox monastery founded by the monk Joseph [Abba] Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi. On the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List.
  • Pictures & images of the medieval Alaverdi St George Cathedral & monastery complex, 11th century, near Telavi, Georgia (country). <br />
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At 50 meters high Alaverdi St George Cathedral was once the highest cathedral in Georgia (now its the nes Tblisi cathedral). The cathedral is part of a Georgian Orthodox monastery founded by the monk Joseph [Abba] Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi. On the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List.
  • Pictures & images of the Georgian cemetry of  Ikalto monastery . Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).
  • Pictures & images of the Georgian cemetry of  Ikalto monastery . Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).
  • Pictures & images of the Georgian cemetry of  Ikalto monastery . Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • Pictures & images of the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • Pictures & images of (left) the ruins of the refectory of the Academy of Ikalto and (right) the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • close up ictures & image of the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • close up ictures & image of the Church of the Transfiguration of Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. Near Telavi, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia (Country).<br />
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The Ikalto Monastery is famous for the Academy of Ikalto founded in the reign of King David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in classical diciplins of rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry as well as learning the skills of chantings, pottery and poetry. In the 12th century the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied here.
  • Pictures & images of the interior of the cupola with remnants of a cross fresco from a tetraconch cupola church from the first quarter of the seventh century. Dzveli (Old) Shuamta Monastery  founded by one of the 13 Syrian Fathers in the sixth century, Kakheti , Georgia (country).
  • Pictures & images of the interior of a tetraconch cupola church from the first quarter of the seventh century. Dzveli (Old) Shuamta Monastery  founded by one of the 13 Syrian Fathers in the sixth century, Kakheti , Georgia (country).
  • Pictures & images of the interior of a tetraconch cupola church from the first quarter of the seventh century. Dzveli (Old) Shuamta Monastery  founded by one of the 13 Syrian Fathers in the sixth century, Kakheti , Georgia (country).
  • Pictures & images of a tetraconch cupola church from the first quarter of the seventh century. Dzveli (Old) Shuamta Monastery  founded by one of the 13 Syrian Fathers in the sixth century, Kakheti , Georgia (country).
  • Pictures & images of a tetraconch cupola church from the first quarter of the seventh century. Dzveli (Old) Shuamta Monastery  founded by one of the 13 Syrian Fathers in the sixth century, Kakheti , Georgia (country).
  • Pictures & images of the cupola of a tetraconch church from the first quarter of the seventh century. Dzveli (Old) Shuamta Monastery  founded by one of the 13 Syrian Fathers in the sixth century, Kakheti , Georgia (country).
  • Close up Pictures & images of the relief xculpture stonework.The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Close up Pictures & images of the relief xculpture stonework.The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Close up Pictures & images of the relief xculpture stonework.The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Close up Pictures & images of the relief xculpture stonework.The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Close up Pictures & images of the relief xculpture stonework.The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Close up Pictures & images of the relief xculpture stonework.The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Pictures & images of Georgian Classica style church at The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Pictures & images of Georgian Classica style church at The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Pictures & images of Georgian Classica style church at The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Pictures & images of Georgian Classica style church at The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Pictures & images of Georgian Classica style church at The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe,  a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe, Sighnaghi, Kakheti, Georgia.
  • Pictures & images of the medieval Georgian Orthodox apse fresco of the Hodegetria, 16th century,  Ninotsminda Cathedral ruins, Sagarejo, in the Kakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ninotsminda Cathedral is a highly important Georgian architectural building, which served as a model for the development of the later tetraconch, four-apse design of church.
  • Pictures & images of the medieval the fortified gate house and fortified curtain wall of  Ninotsminda Cathedral, 575 AD, Sagarejo, in the Kakheti region, Georgia (country).<br />
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Ninotsminda Cathedral is a highly important Georgian architectural building, which served as a model for the development of the later tetraconch, four-apse design of church.
  • Pictures & images of Jvari Monastery, a 6th century Georgian Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta, eastern Georgia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Jvari church is an early example of a four apse church with four niches domed tetraconch. The Jvari church had a great impact on the further development of Georgian architecture and served as a model for many other churches.<br />
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The Historical Monuments of Jvari Monastery Mtskheta is located in the cultural landscape overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers, in Central-Eastern Georgia, some 20km northwest of Tbilisi.
  • Pictures & images of Jvari Monastery, a 6th century Georgian Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta, eastern Georgia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Jvari church is an early example of a four apse church with four niches domed tetraconch. The Jvari church had a great impact on the further development of Georgian architecture and served as a model for many other churches.<br />
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The Historical Monuments of Jvari Monastery Mtskheta is located in the cultural landscape overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers, in Central-Eastern Georgia, some 20km northwest of Tbilisi.
  • Pictures & images of Jvari Monastery, a 6th century Georgian Orthodox monastery near Mtskheta, eastern Georgia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The Jvari church is an early example of a four apse church with four niches domed tetraconch. The Jvari church had a great impact on the further development of Georgian architecture and served as a model for many other churches.<br />
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The Historical Monuments of Jvari Monastery Mtskheta is located in the cultural landscape overlooking the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers, in Central-Eastern Georgia, some 20km northwest of Tbilisi.
  • Pictures & images of the Eastern Orthodox Georgian Samtavro Transfiguration Church and Nunnery of St. Nino in Mtskheta, Georgia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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The small domed church of the Samtavro Monastery was originally built in the 4th century. The first Georgian Christian monarchs,  King Mirian and Qween Nana are buried here.
  • Pictures & images of the interior medieval frescoes depicting the Asumption of the Virgin. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior medieval fresco depicting a Georgian King and Queen. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior medieval frescoes. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior fresco depicting 13th-century depiction of the "Beast of the Apocalypse" and figures of the Zodiac. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior fresco depicting 13th-century depiction of the "Beast of the Apocalypse" and figures of the Zodiac. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior fresco depicting 13th-century depiction of the "Beast of the Apocalypse" and figures of the Zodiac. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior fresco depicting 13th-century depiction of the "Beast of the Apocalypse" and figures of the Zodiac. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior main aisle and apse fresco depicting Christ Pantocrator. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior cupola fresco depicting Christ Pantocrator. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the 17th century ciborium under which the robe of Jesus is said to have been buried. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior Iconostasis screen and icons.  The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior Iconostasis screen and icons.  The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the interior apse fresco depicting Christ Pantocrator. The Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the exterior and wall around the Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
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Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the exterior of the Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.
  • Pictures & images of the Eastern Orthodox Georgian Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) , Mtskheta, Georgia (country). A UNESCO World Heritage Site.<br />
<br />
Currently the second largest church building in Georgia, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a masterpiece of Early Medieval architecture completed in 1029 by Georgian architect Arsukisdze on an earlier site dating back toi the 4th century.

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