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Gelati Monastery
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Gelati Monastery, a monastery in western Georgia, on a mountainside with a splendid view into the distance. It was founded in 1106 by King David “the Builder” (David IV of Georgia) near his capital in Kutaisi. From the very start it housed an academy and enjoyed the continued patronage of the Georgian kings, becoming the intellectual center of medieval Georgia. Teaching followed the Byzantine model. Two important early teachers had been educated in Byzantium: John Petrici and Arsen Iqalṭoeli. Many original works of sacred and secular Geor…

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Kaufhold, Hubert, “Gelati Monastery”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08287>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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