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Excursions in Kvareli

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Gremi – is a architectural sight of XVI century - the royal fortress in the historical Georgian region of Kakheti. Gremi was the capital of the kingdom of Kakheti in the XVI-XVII centuries. The complex of Archangels Church is located on a hill, and consists of the church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, the bell tower, a three-storey palace and a wine cellar (Marani). The complex is surrounded by a wall with towers and embrasures. A secret underground passage that leads to the river preserved. It is a stone cross-domed church. The building has three entrances - the main western and two lateral - north and south. In the bell tower of the church are exhibited several archaeological artifacts and the gun of XVI century. The walls are decorated with a series of portraits of the kings of Kakheti by the modern Georgian artist Levan Chogoshvili (1985).

Nekresi monastery is located across the river Alazani in Kakheti of Kvareli district. It was built shortly after the adoption of Christianity as the official religion of the state. The monastery was subjected to numerous attacks by Muslims. There is one such legend: Nekresi was attacked by Muslims, and as a protection monks released out the pigs. When the Islamic soldiers saw the pigs on their way, they left their enmity and left the monastery with peace. In memory of this rescue pigs were declared protectors of Nekresi monastery and to the present day Theotokion temple of  Nekresi is the only church in Georgia, for which the pig was like a sacrificial animal.
Excursions in Kvareli

Excursions in Kvareli


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