This cathedral is known as the burial place for Christ’s mantle, and is the main Georgian church and one of the most venerated places of worship in the country.
The Samtawro Church is best known as the burial place of the famous Georgian monk –Gabriel.
This interesting and old city (one of the oldest continuously populated cities in the world) is easily reached from Tbilisi by public transportation.. Buses run frequently and are very inexpensive..usually from 4 to 7 leira each way. Or you can hire a driver for the day. It will cost from 100-125 leira for the whole day, but is well worth because it makes it easy to get to the mountain top and the Dschwari Monastery..
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
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.
Their recovered remains are interred here.. and are considered sacred..The name Motsameta means “martyr”..
It’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..
The site has been neglected for ages and, when I visited in November of last year, reconstruction was underway …
It is located about 10 km from the city. The easiest way to reach this wonderful example of ancient Georgian architecture is to negotiate a taxi.. There are buses, but they are infrequent and run on no set timetable..
When you visit Kutaisi, be sure to include this on your “must see” places to visit..
The Saint Mary Magdalene Monastery sits high on the hill overlooking the Ros River in Bila Tserkva.. about 80 km southeast of Kiev, Ukraine.
The church was built in the 18th century. It was the only church built outside the center of the city. During the Soviet regime, it was one of the few active churches in the city.
The Church of St. John the Baptist is located on Zamkovaya Hill and was buit in the early 1800’s by Count Branitsky in honor of his son. The church today is a well known place to attend chamber and organ music concerts.
It is possible that the church was built on the site of another church which had given Bila Tserkva – lterally “white church” – it’s name.
The Cathedral of the Transconfiguration is the main Orthodox church in the city. It was built to replace the dilapidated St. Nicholas Church, by Countess A. Branitsky.
Bila Tserka is easily reached from Kyiv by mini bus for about 30 uah ($3.00 USD). They leave from metro stop Palats Ukraine. While there is no set time table, you can plan on a bus leaving every 20 minutes or so. It takes about an 1 1/2 hours so it is perfect for a day trip.
One of my favorite shots in Kyiv, Ukraine.. The Persheka Lavra shown through blossoms on an tree.. Sorry, I never did identify the tree.. probably should have but it was more the image of spring I was going for 🙂