Ikalto

by Gerd Korts April. 20, 2011 3920 views

From Wikipedia
Ikalto (Georgian: იყალთო) is a village about 10 km west of the town Telavi in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. It is mostly known for its monastery complex and the Ikalto Academy.
The Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon, one of the 13 Syrian Fathers, in the late 6th century. It was known as one of the most significant cultural-scholastic centres of Georgia. An academy was founded at the monastery during king David the Builder by Arsen Ikaltoeli (Ikaltoeli meaning from Ikalto) in the early 12th century. The Academy of Ikalto trained its students in theology, rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry chanting but also more practical skills such as pottery making, metal work, viticulture and wine making and pharmacology. According to a legend the famous 12th century Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli studied there.
There are three churches on the monastery grounds – Khvtaeba, Kvelatsminda and Sameba. The main church, Khvtaeba (Holy Spirit), was built in the 8th–9th century on the site of an older church (in which Saint Zenon had been buried). In 1616 the Persian invaders led by Shah Abbas I set the Ikalto Academy on fire and it ceased to exist.

Spring is on its way to Kakhetia

Jug cemetery

ancient wine cellar

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Christa 6 years, 1 month ago

Danke für die Information und tollen Bilder!

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Andrea 6 years, 1 month ago

Superb set!

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Neil 6 years, 1 month ago

Great shots !! And a wonderful History lesson !!Thanks for sharing !!

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Jacki 6 years, 1 month ago

Oh I DO love those shots of the pots, expecially the mossy ones! But I think #8 is my favorite!

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Jon Laysell 6 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful set Gerd. I love the jug cemetery.

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Brian 6 years, 1 month ago

Great post. Interesting history and wonderful shots.

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Art Bee 6 years, 1 month ago

I just love your photo journals Gerd! Such fascinating history and amazing shots. Great Post! Thanks for sharing.

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Eiram 6 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful place!

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Stefan Fletcher 6 years, 1 month ago

Fascinating, Gerd. I learn something every time I read one of your posts. I'm thinking of a chemical joke about St. Zenon, but nothing's coming.

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