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Gelati (Georgian: გელათის მონასტერი) is a monastic complex near Kutaisi in Imereti region in western Georgia. Built between the 12th and 17th centuries, it contains wonderful mosaics and wall paintings and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

David IV “the Builder”, also known as David II (Georgian: დავით აღმაშენებელი) founded the monastery and is also buried here. He is considered to be the greatest Georgian ruler in history. After being elected President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili took an oath at David the Builder’s tomb as a symbol of his dedication to follow in David’s footsteps and bring unity and prosperity to Georgia.

It was David who began building the monastery in 1106, which was completed in 1130 in the reign of his son. Gelati Monastery was not simply a monastery: it was a center of science and education, and an Academy was established there.

The monastery complex is enclosed by a stone wall…

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