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Katskhi Pillar, Georgia

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Height: 40 meters.

In Georgia, fans of spending time in remote places should go to the Katskhi Pillar. This sight is located in the eponymous village. The landmark rises above the ground for 40 meters. The pillar is a limestone monolith with an ancient temple on top of it. The exact date of construction of the temple is unknown. According to rough estimates, it was built no later than the 8th century.

Katskhi Pillar, Georgia Even in pagan times local residents associated the pillar with the almighty god of fertility. They believed that the rise to the top of the pillar can bring them closer to the divine powers. The first temple had been built on top with advent of Christianity. The shrine has existed for several hundred years and emptied only during the Ottoman invasion. After the military action, first attempts to subdue the pillar were committed only in the 18th century. However, all attempts were in vain.

The group of climbers made it possible to conquer the unbearable 40-meter structure only in 1944. They first found ruins of the ancient temple atop of the pillar. For several years, an archaeological research was conducted on top of the monolith and at its surrounding area. Many amazing artifacts as well as the remains of an unknown monk were discovered during that time. Several years ago, the temple on the mount was rebuilt. Today that’s an important place of pilgrimage and a major attraction in the region. During construction of a new temple ruins of former buildings were used. The temple was named after St. Maximus the Confessor. Now everyone can climb there using a specially set hanging ladder. Next - Tigers Nest Monastery

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Best hotels near Katskhi Pillar

Quiet Residential Guest House

Located in 36 km from Katskhi Pillar
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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

Located in 37 km from Katskhi Pillar
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The bright rooms at Gallery Guest House offer rustic-style interiors and traditional Georgian décor. Some rooms have a private bathroom, and the … More: photo, rates and booking
Orion Hotel

Located in 38 km from Katskhi Pillar
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Rooms: 15
Hostel Star Kutaisi

Located in 41 km from Katskhi Pillar
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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

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Church of Saint Maximus the Confessor
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Inguri Dam
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In Georgia there is a dam that is worth seeing for tourists and travelers. Inguri Dam was built on the river of the same name and has a height of 272 meters, making it one of the highest settlements in the world. The construction work on the Inguri river began more …
Bedia Cathedral
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Temple of Tsmind Sameba
147 km - Temple of Tsmind Sameba
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Top destination around Katskhi Pillar - Kutaisi

In the 8th century, Kutaisi became the central settlement in the Abkhazian Kingdom. In the 60s of the 18th century, Turks attacked the Georgian settlement. They succeeded in capturing the city after a series of fierce battles. Russian troops managed to defeat the Turkish army only ten years later. In 1810, Kutaisi became a part of the Russian Empire and became the center of the Imeretian region. After the launch of the Soviet Georgia, the city started developing and became the second most important industrial center in the country. In 2012, Kutaisi became the parliament capital of the country.

One of the major architectural and cultural attractions in Georgia is located in Kutaisi, on the Ukimerioni Hill. This is Bagrati Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Dormition. The shrine was constructed at the edge of the 10th and 11th centuries. King Bagrat III ordered to build it, giving his name to the religious landmark. Initially, this was not only a church but also a palace that hosted many important events. David IV or David the Builder, who reunited Georgia, was crowned in this church. After this event, Bagrati Cathedral became the symbol of the united country and Georgian people.
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