Ikalto Monastery

Ikalto, Georgia

Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. It was known as one of the most significant cultural-scholastic centres of Georgia. An academy was founded at the monastery during king David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli (Ikaltoeli meaning from Ikalto) in the early 12th century. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in theology, rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry chanting but also more practical skills such as pottery making, metal work, viticulture and wine making and pharmacology. According to a legend the famous 12th century Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied there.

There are three churches on the monastery grounds – Khvtaeba, Kvelatsminda and Sameba. The main church, Khvtaeba (Holy Spirit), was built in the 8th–9th century on the site of an older church (in which Saint Zenon had been buried). In 1616 the Persian invaders led by Shah Abbas I set the Ikalto Academy on fire and it ceased to exist.

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Founded: 6th century AD
Category: Religious sites in Georgia

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ivane dedabrishvili (16 months ago)
Magaria
Gela Dzandzava (17 months ago)
Beautiful place in Kakheti region
George Chikovani (18 months ago)
Oldest
Besik Kardava (18 months ago)
Kakheti district. and the village church is very beautiful
Zura Leshkasheli (2 years ago)
perfect place for relaxing and imagine life in 11th centuries
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