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Church of Saint Maximus the Confessor, Georgia

From series “The Most Remote Monasteries and Temples in the World”
Year: End of the 20th century. Height: 40 meters above sea level.

Among the most interesting religious shrines planet the Church of St. Maximus the Confessor in Georgia is certainly worth noting. This is where the Katskhi pillar is situated. Latter is one of the most famous and popular natural attractions in the country. The height of the limestone monolith that was formed millions of years ago is 40 meters.

Church of Saint Maximus the Confessor, Georgia The first church on the top of the rock formation was built more than a thousand years ago; a long time locals believed Katskhi pillar to be the main symbol of the god of fertility and hoped that climbing to it will give a man an opportunity to get close to heavenly forces. In the early Middle Ages, the church came to desolation; the ruins of first buildings were discovered only in 1944.

Under the leadership of the monk Maximus in the early 90 of the last century, the church was rebuilt and began to wear the name of its new founder. It’s difficult to imagine how people get to the top of the pillar, as old stairs on its slopes were gone. Modern travelers have the only option to get to the top – to use a dilapidated rusty ladder with bars hammered into the rock. That’s important to note that the church is closed for women. Men who dare enough courage to overcome an old staircase would have an opportunity to see a priceless relic, the altar cross of the 12th century, which was moved to the church immediately after its discovery. To the beginning - Taung Kalat

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ATM bankomat: 'Bank of Georgia ATM' located in 6.76 km ( check the route on the map).
Fuel station: 'Lukoil Georgia' in 7 km
Apotheek: '36.6' in 32 km
Police station: 'Chiatura Police Station' in 6.27 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Cedar of Lebanon' in 17 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Batumi Airport BUS - in 152 km
 »  Novo Alexeyevka Airport TBS - in 160 km
 »  Mineralnye Vody Airport MRV - in 215 km
 »  Erzurum Airport ERZ - in 310 km
 »  Stavropol Airport STW - in 326 km
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Quiet Residential Guest House

Located in 35 km from Church of Saint Maximus the Confessor
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Rooms: 4
All the simple rooms at Quiet Guest House include classic-style layout and a desk. Shared bathrooms come with a shower. You can cook meals by … More: photo, rates and booking
Orion Hotel

Located in 38 km from Church of Saint Maximus the Confessor
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Rooms: 15
Kiev Kutaisi Hostel

Located in 40 km from Church of Saint Maximus the Confessor
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You can start your day at Kiev Kutaisi with free breakfast served in the on-site cafe, and several dining options can also be found within a … More: photo, rates and booking
Hostel Star Kutaisi

Located in 41 km from Church of Saint Maximus the Confessor
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Rooms: 3
Simply furnished rooms are air conditioned. The hostel has a shared lounge area with a TV with cable and satellite channels. Fully equipped kitchen … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Church of Saint Maximus the Confessor - Kutaisi

The Motsameta Monastery is undoubtedly a beautiful building. Circular towers with spiked cupolas charmingly adorn the main building. When visiting the monastery, don’t forget to drink a bit of water from the fountain that works inside the complex. According to local beliefs, this water can cure many diseases, both physical and spiritual. In modern times, the monastery is the center of an annual holiday called Motsametoba. It is celebrated on the 15th in the second month of autumn. The main purpose of this holiday is to remember Saint David and Konstantin.

Are you searching for a suitable place to stay with your children? Central City Park in Kutaisi is the most suitable place for this. There is an interesting way to get to the park – by cable car from the left bank of the Rioni. There is a special entrance for pedestrians in the north of the park. This is a charming place with many amusements and merry-go-rounds for kids. Adults will find it exciting to see the area from the Ferris wheel.
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