Pictures & Images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox Church - { 27 images } Created 8 Jan 2019

Pictures photos images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church, 14th century, Gergeti, Khevi province, Georgia (country). Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church is one of the most remote churches in the world. The last town along the old military Soviet road, before the Russian border in the Caucasus Mountains, is Stephantsminda, also referred to as Kazbegi. It is a slow climb up to this remote town in northern Georgia situated at 1,740 m (5,710 ft) above sea level. From Stephantsminda it is a steep climb for 1 1/2 hours to the church of Gergeti Holy Trinity, although a new road will make access for mass tourism easy in 2019. Built in the 14th century the Gergeti Holy Trinity church is a cruciform shaped church with cupola and separate bell tower, the only Georgian church of this style in Khevi province. It is remarkable that a large church complex was built in such a remote location at 2170 meters (7120 feet) above sea level on the slopes of Mount Kazbegi. There was an even higher church on the slopes and its ruins were discovered in 1913 at an elevation of 3,962 m. Both churches served a refuges at one time when Stephantsminda was being attacked and at times Georgia national treasures, such as relics from Mtskheta and St Nino's cross, were taken to Gergeti Holy Trinity church in times of crisis. Gergeti Holy Trinity church was built on an early pagan shrine and even today evidence that superstitious local pagan beliefs are still held can be seen by decapitated sheeps heads and rams horn crosses found in the area. Further evidence of pagan ritual can be seen on the Gergeti Holy Trinity church fest day festival, on 28 August, during which sheep are sacrificed. During the Soviet occupation of Georgia the Gergeti Holy Trinity church was closed to worshipers until the 1990’s when it reopened as a Georgian Orthodox church. Its remoteness and its setting agains the high mountains of the Caucasus have made the Gergeti Holy Trinity church one of the iconic symbols of Georgian nationalism and one of its most important tourist sites. Download pictures & images of Gergeti Holy Trinity (Tsminda Sameba) Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church, or buy as photo art prints on line.

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