Not far from Kutaisi , the capital city of Georgia in olden times, king David the Builder decided to found a monastery and in 1106 the great Monastery of the Virgin Mary - Gelati was born.
The Gelati Monastery for a long time remained a cultural and enlightening centre in old Georgia. It had an Academy which employed the most celebrated Georgian scientists-theologians, philosophers and doctors of law, many of whom had previously been active at various monasteries abroad or at the Mangan Academy of Constantinople. Among the scientists were such celebrated scholars as Ioann Petricci and Arsen Ikaltoeli. Due to the extensive enlightening work carried out by Gelati Academy, people of the time used to call it "a new Hellados", "a second Athens".
Gelati Monastery belongs to those few architectural ensembles in Georgia
which have preserved their principal structures along with rich information
on their foundation and building.
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