The Gelati Monastery near Kutaisi, Georgia was founded in 1106 by King David IV of Georgia. It is one of the most important sites of Georgian history and was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Besides its beautiful architecture, Gelati is also a very significant place for Georgia’s history. During Georgia’s Golden Age from the 11th through the 13th century, many of the most influential scientists studied there. Furthermore, more than 12 of Georgia’s kings are buried around Gelati.
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