Ubisi Monastery

Ubisi Monastery

The beautiful 9th-century Ubisi Monastery is located in the village of Ubisi, Imereti. It was built due to the diligence of the Georgian spiritual leader and founder of the Tao-Klarjeti Monastery, Grigol Khandzteli, his students, and of Demetre, the King of the Apkhazians.

The Structure and Frescos of Ubisi Monastery

Once you enter the monastery gates, you’ll find yourself standing on front of a hall-type church with outbuildings to the south, west, and north. Once inside, your eyes will immediately be drawn to the stunning paintings that adorn the church walls. These paintings were done during the reign of King George the Brilliant, in the 14th century.

The art on the walls depict the twelve holy days, with the frescoes that especially stand out being those about the Last Supper and St. George. These wall paintings were completed by a distinguished artist from the time period, Damiane, and his student, Gerasidze.

The four-story tower standing behind the church dates back to 1141. Its entrance is on the second floor, and within you’ll find a fireplace, cupboards, and even a primitive toilet. From the second floor, you can go down to the first floor, which was used as a pantry.

The third floor of the tower was intended for prayer and work, and you’ll notice traces of paintings there. There is also a balcony on the third floor. The fourth floor served a defensive function.

Ubisi Monastery is not only a beautiful example of religious architecture, but also a fascinating window into Georgia’s past.

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