Katskhi Monastery

Katskhi, Georgia

The Katskhi Monastery of Nativity of the Savior was built at the behest of the Baguashi family in the period of 988–1014. The church building is noted for a hexagonal design and rich ornamentation. Closed down by the Soviet government in 1924, the monastery was revived in 1990 and is now operated by the Eparchy of Sachkhere and Chiatura of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

The Katskhi monastery is a octagonal building of more complex design than other similar polygonal Georgian monuments. The exterior of the church features three gradually narrowing cylindrical levels formed by the faceted gallery, the main body of the church, and the drum of the dome.

The six apses are inscribed into the outer polyhedron and surrounded by an ambulatory from all sides. A single spacious interior compartment around the subdome bay includes radially oriented semi-circular apses. One of these, the altar apse, projects outward prominently due to its large bema. The drum of the dome is also faceted. Each facet of the main body of the church as well as that of the dome and gallery terminate in a pediment with three lines of polygonal cornices.

The building was richly ornated, but the decoration of two upper tiers was lost in the process of the 1854 restoration. Of note is a large composition in relief at the southern vestibule of the gallery, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, featuring a cross supported by four angels.

The church is surrounded by a pentagonal wall, which contains a free-standing bell tower in its eastern corner. These structures are later additions, probably from the 17th or 18th century.

 

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Founded: 988-1014 AD
Category: Religious sites in Georgia

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Michael Shtraer (16 months ago)
Interesting place, however it's not worth more then 30 min. tops
Cosmin Ciobanu (16 months ago)
Nice pictures can be made here
Saurabh Warade (17 months ago)
It's one of it's kind. Though getting there is not touristic friendly but doable if you have a car.
AmirHossein Hashemi (19 months ago)
This church built in the middle of forest & far away from cities and visitors can't climb column (it's forbidden & locked) but there is another church and man can visit this one. If you are interested in nature and beautiful landscape, it's recommended. Only one problem: there is no hotel or hustle near that. But they start to build something.
Rosik Star (20 months ago)
From far away very impressive, but close by not allowed to go on top anymore
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