Motsameta Monastery – Kutaisi, Georgia

Sitting on the side of a mountain a few kilometers from Kutaisi, is the Motsameta Monastery.  It was built by King Bagrati in the 11th century on the site of an old

DSC_0176

 

church that had been destroyed by Arabs in the 8th century. Two brothers, Konstantine and David, the lords of the region,were murdered for refusing to convert to Islam..Their bodies were then thrown into the valley below.

DSC_0147

 

Their recovered remains are interred here.. and are considered sacred..The name Motsameta means “martyr”..

DSC_0122 DSC_0136It’s a pretty place to visit..but be aware that most of the church is off-limits to foreigners, so other than the grounds and a few exteriors, there isn’t much to see..  It makes for a good side trip from the Gelati Monastery .. and the views from the parapets are awesome..

Travel with Steve                         Photography as Art

 Prints from Fine Art America

HAPPY TRAVELS!!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Motsameta Monastery – Kutaisi, Georgia

    • very easy.. the people are friendly.. transportation is cheap..taxis, buses, even the train. The only real problem is local buses.. there really is no set timetable..If you miss one, another will be along in 5 minutes or 5 hours..lol You’ll enjoy Georgia.. I have been to Kutaisi and Batumi.. we plan on Tbilisi next spring..with a side trip to Yerevan

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s