Gialia Monastery Ruins

Gialia, Cyprus

The Gialia Monastery is a ruined medieval Georgian Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Located in a forest some five kilometers from the coast near the small town of Polis Chrysochous, the ruins were identified, in 1981, by the Georgian scholar Wachtang Djobadze of California State University on the basis of the medieval Georgian accounts. It was not, however, until 2006 that a systematic archaeological research followed after the Georgian and Cypriot governments agreed to jointly investigate the ruins.

It was reported in 2008 that excavation evidence indicated the monastery was commissioned in the late 10th century by Georgian King David III Kuropalates and that renovations were made during the reign of David IV Aghmashenebeli (1089-1125). The monastery is certainly attested in the 12th century, when it was renovated at the behest of Queen Tamar of Georgia (1184-1213). Ancient Georgian sources report that it was in Georgian ownership until the 14th century, and graves and other items uncovered indicate that it was in use between the 14th and 16th centuries. It was reportedly plundered and destroyed in the 16th century, but appears to have been in use as recently as 1935, until final destruction by an earthquake in 1953.

Two main structures have been identified: the earlier Virgin church, and the later St. George's church dated probably to the 11th and 12th centuries respectively. Remains of Georgian paintings and inscriptions from the 13th and 14th century have also survived.

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Founded: 10th century
Category: Ruins in Cyprus

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Uni Kitty (7 months ago)
Love this place, you can see ruins of the monastery, and walk around in the forest, there are some trails. The way to come is winter - everything is green and lots of flowers
Julia Piddubna (7 months ago)
Love this place, you can see ruins of the monastery, and walk around in the forest, there are some trails. The way to come is winter - everything is green and lots of flowers
Felix Kristl (11 months ago)
Very nice archaeological site. Easily accessible with regular car. Be sure to check out the nearby church ruins too.
Aleksandrs Vlasenko (Avuaz) (2 years ago)
Ruins of an ancient monastery. Nice place for walking in a pine forest.
Andrey Nikulin (3 years ago)
I’m very proud that i have visited that holy place, sure that restoration will take place soon and we will pray there! God bless us!
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