Pitareti Monastery

Tandzia, Georgia

The Pitareti monastery consists of the Theotokos church, a belfry, the ruined wall and several smaller accessory buildings. The main church appears to have been built in the reign of George IV early in the 13th century. Its design conforms to the contemporary canon of a Georgian domed church and shares a series of common features – such as a typical cross-in-square plan and a single lateral porch – with the monasteries of Betania, Kvatakhevi, and Timotesubani. The façades are decorated, accentuating the niches and dormers. The entire interior was once frescoed, but only significantly damaged fragments of those murals survive.

The monastery was a property and a burial ground of the noble family of Kachibadze-Baratashvili and, since 1536, of their offshoots – the princes Orbelishvili. A 14th-century inscription mentions a ctitor – the royal chamberlain Kavtar Kachibadze. Another inscription, from a grave stone, records the name of Qaplan Orbelishvili who refurnished the monastery in 1671. The monastery thrived at Pitareti until 1752 when it was forced to close due to a marauding attack from Dagestan.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Georgia

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M 13 (2 years ago)
Just cant describe what you are going to see here. And dont miss the fortress on the way to the monastery, Khuluti fortress.
გიორგი თაყნიაშვილი (2 years ago)
ულამაზესი ადგილია. უძველესი მონასტერია ულამაზესი გარემოთი. ულამაზესი ტაძრით რომელიც მოპირკეთებულია განუმეორებელი ჩუქურთმებით. მონასტერი მდებარეობს თეთრიწყაროს რაიონში მაგრამ ამჟამად მონასტერს ყურადღებას აქცევს ბოლნისის ეპარქია. მონასტერში არიან ბოლნისის ეპარქიის ბერები და მორჩილები. მონასტრამდე გზა მიდის სოფელ ტანძიიდან.
Nick Vardzelashvili (2 years ago)
Great place
ana chagunava (3 years ago)
Wonderful place! Wonderful nature!
Erdal Çelik (5 years ago)
Nice
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