David Gareja cave monastery

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David Gareja cave monastery


David Gareja, one of the most remarkable religious and cultural centers of feudal Georgia, is a cave
monastic complex, situated in a rocky mountainous terrain in the historical region of Gareja, 60-70km
south-east of Tbilisi. The Monastery was founded in the first half of the 6 th century by David Garejeli, one
of the Assyrian Fathers.
After the ravage wrought by the Persians during the invasion of 1616-1617 the Monasteries ceased to
exist. In 1629 King Teimuraz I revived the monastic life here. In the 18th century David Gareja came
under direct royal protection again.
The monastic construction at David Gareja reached its peak during the cultural, political, and economic
upswing in Georgia, in late 12th and early 13th centuries. David Gareja developed its own way of life,
style of construction, and school of mural painting. The rich collection of the Gareja monastery
manuscripts, a great national literary treasure, has come down to us as a witness of the prolific creative
activity of the Gareja scholars.

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