David Gareji


The complex of cave monasteries of David-Gareja is located 60-70 km southeast of Tbilisi, in Garekakheti, extends for 25 km along the slopes of the semidesert Garedjiysky Ridge and includes 22 small monastery complexes, 3 of which are in the disputed territory (on the Azerbaijan border). According to the position of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, the division of the monastery complex of David-Gareja by the border is inadmissible.



The David-Gareja monastery was founded in the 6th century by David Garedjeli, who belonged to the "13 Assyrian Fathers" community and arrived in Georgia to spread Christianity. He came to the desert of Garejo with his disciple Lucian and settled in a small, natural cave. This was the foundation of the monastery, which is included in the general complex - the so-called Dodos Rka and Natlis-Mtsemeli.


The monastery of David-Gareja occupies a prominent place in the history of Georgian culture of the Middle Ages. There was a lot of construction, frescoes, and open book activity. On many of their walls are preserved important old frescoes with historical portraits, including the queen Tamara and Lasha. The main church of the desert shows scenes from the life of David Garedjeli. Also, interesting is the apse painting of the elevated church of the monastery, which is distinguished by expressive faces and dynamism. David-Gareja is visited daily by many tourists and pilgrims.

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