The Katskhi pillar is a natural limestone monolith. It is approximately 40 metres high, and overlooks the small river valley of Katskhura.

The rock, with visible church ruins on a top surface measuring c. 150 m2, has been venerated by locals as the Pillar of Life and a symbol of the True Cross, and has become surrounded by legends. It remained unclimbed by researchers and unsurveyed until 1944 and was more systematically studied from 1999 to 2009. These studies determined the ruins were of an early medieval hermitage dating from the 9th or 10th century. A Georgian inscription paleographically dated to the 13th century suggests that the hermitage was still extant at that time. Religious activity associated with the pillar was revived in the 1990s and the monastery building had been restored.

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    Jasper (5 months ago)
    Super cool place to visit! Also the drive up is fun to do. The road might be challenging when it is busier, as the road is quite small and some parts are a bit steeper(12%). There was almost no one there when we visited.
    Rufat Rassulov (5 months ago)
    We found this place on google maps and were amazed by the views there. Trust me, it’s even better in real life. It’s ~80 minute drive from Kutaisi city centre, the road is mostly perfect with scenic views. It was a joy to fly there with my drone. We hired a driver from the InDriver intercity rides (130 lari two ways), expect to get a ride to there and back because it’s impossible to get a taxi from there, ask your driver to wait, overall, we needed 4 hours. The place itself has a small museum and a beautiful path that is surprisingly well-made considering it’s pretty far away from main cities. The air is really fresh, my head hurts from so much oxygen. Really calm and untouched nature is all around.
    Otarr jomidava (7 months ago)
    That was really cool experience! Do not forget to carry your hiking boots and sticks if you wanna to look this pillar from above! You can not go up on the pillar you should go to the mountain which is front of the pillar and you will see everything inside of this church. Road is so good so you can just go with your car. Carry your fresh food or meat you can cook in nature but please do not trow away your garbage in the forest! Inside this church you can drink natural mountains water. And outside is outstanding trust me.
    Otar Otar (7 months ago)
    That was really cool experience! Do not forget to carry your hiking boots and sticks if you wanna to look this pillar from above! You can not go up on the pillar you should go to the mountain which is front of the pillar and you will see everything inside of this church. Road is so good so you can just go with your car. Carry your fresh food or meat you can cook in nature but please do not trow away your garbage in the forest! Inside this church you can drink natural mountains water. And outside is outstanding trust me.
    Suna (7 months ago)
    Absolutely beautiful even on a rainy day. Steep uphill walk but there are stairs which makes it easy. Little church on the premises and a small giftshop and museum.
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