GEORGIA TRIP DIARY – DAY 6 – TBILISI – STATUE OF KING VAKHTANG GORGASALI

by Antonio Gil April. 16, 2018 1109 views

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♫♫ სიმღერა ვახტანგ მეფეზე/King Vakhtang"Gorgasali"♫♫

The holy and right-believing king Vakhtang I ascended the throne of Kartli at the age of fifteen. At that time Kartli was continually being invaded by the Persians from the south and by the Ossetians from the north. The situation was no better in western Georgia: the Byzantines had captured all the lands from Egrisi to Tsikhegoji.

After his coronation, the young King Vakhtang summoned his court and addressed his dedicated servants with great wisdom. He said that the sorrowful circumstances in which the nation had found itself were a manifestation of God’s anger at the sins of the king and the people. He called upon everyone to struggle in unity and selflessness on behalf of the Faith and motherland.

King Vakhtang led a victorious campaign against the Ossetians, freed the captive princess (his older sister), and signed several treaties with the Caucasian mountain tribes to secure their cooperation in the struggle against foreign conquerors. Then he carried out another campaign in western Georgia, freed that region from the Byzantines, reinforced the authority of King Gubaz, and returned in triumph to Kartli.

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Scribe 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you!

Captured rhinestones
on a crown set
steeped in overtones 
of royal silhouettes 
Peace, my king, is the golden throne revolving hearts

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Antonio Gil Replied to Scribe 1 year, 7 months ago

And now this post is worth much more because of your beautiful words. smile

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 8 months ago

#4 & #5 are my favorite. Love the colors and the perspectives.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

So good to be able to reply a friend. Thanks dear Camellia. What happened here? No one knows? Total blackout for more than 4 days.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 7 months ago

It was a test to see how badly we are addicted to this place ;)

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 7 months ago

If that's true, they succeeded smile

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Joe Zink 1 year, 8 months ago

Image #2 is absolutely surreal, Antonio! (Especially with the microwave and UHF antennas there, it's like a science fiction thing, almost). Anyway, it's going to my favorites, my friend!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Joe Zink 1 year, 8 months ago

Much obliged dear Joe. I'm glad you've chosen one to your favs smile

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Sonia Lamba 1 year, 8 months ago

Love #3 looks magical

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Antonio Gil Replied to Sonia Lamba 1 year, 8 months ago

Edit changes everything. Thanks for such a comment dear Sonia

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 8 months ago

#1 dramatic perspective, nice reflection on the Cross...
#2 love how you caught the highlights on the bldg. & Cross
#3 WOW! powerful perspective of this heroic king!
#4 wonderful full perspective & beautiful captured in this one
#5 love all the hustle & bustle and the vibrant colors & fine details!
#6 great colors and interesting cart & man's costume...
Exciting musical accompaniment! From the music it sounds like a strong, proud people!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

I so hope everything is working fine now. Last 5 days were scary

1 year, 7 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 7 months ago

Me too!

We should all give Ram a pat on the back!

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 8 months ago

Nice pov,looking up.#2 is my fav

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Francesc 1 year, 8 months ago

Excellent perspectives...The first ones fantastic shots

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you so much my friend

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