Category: Georgia

Gelati Monastery – a masterpiece of Golden Age of medieval Georgia, protected by UNESCO; Azertac

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The Gelati Monastery – one of the largest medieval Orthodox monasteries, also being a centre of science and education and the Academy it housed was one of the most important centres of culture in ancient Georgia. The monastery was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.

Source: Gelati Monastery – a masterpiece of Golden Age of medieval Georgia, protected by UNESCO

Georgia’s Historical Monuments of Mtskheta – outstanding examples of medieval religious architecture in Caucasus protected by UNESCO; Azertac

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With four World Heritage Sites (three cultural and one natural), Georgia has the largest number of UNESCO-protected properties in the region and the oldest UNESCO Site, too. Located in the cultural landscape at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers, in Central-Eastern Georgia, some 20km northwest of Tbilisi in Mtskheta, the Historical Monuments of Mtskheta were added ot the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.

Source: Georgia’s Historical Monuments of Mtskheta – outstanding examples of medieval religious architecture in Caucasus protected by UNESCO

Culture minister: plans for preventive work on Gelati monument before fall weather; Agenda.ge

Photo: National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

Plans are in motion to ensure initial preventive work on Gelati complex, a UNESCO World Heritage monument in Georgia’s west, before the onset of precipitation during fall season, Georgia’s culture minister Thea Tsulukiani said on Friday. Tsulukiani announced the intention while speaking in the wake of the most recent developments around the monastery complex – the publication of a UNESCO World Heritage Committee document and reports by working groups studying the site and involving experts from the international body.

Source: Culture minister: plans for preventive work on Gelati monument before fall weather

UNESCO World Heritage Committee laments “fragile state of conservation” of Gelati monument; agenda.ge

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The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has lamented the “fragile state of conservation” of the Gelati monument in Georgia’s west, calling on the Georgian government to implement a solution for safeguarding the monastery from precipitation via a “workable solution” and requesting international assistance for implementing measures for improving its conservation state.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Committee laments “fragile state of conservation” of Gelati monument

Georgia’s Colchic Rainforests, Wetlands Granted World Heritage Status; civil.ge

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UNESCO added Georgia’s Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands to its list of world heritage sites on July 26. This is the first Georgian site added to the list for its natural attributes. It includes 1,100 species of vascular and non-vascular plants, including 44 threatened species, some 500 varieties of vertebrates and harbors 19 threatened animal species, including the Colchich Sturgeon, said UNESCO.

Source: Georgia’s Colchic Rainforests, Wetlands Granted World Heritage Status

Western Georgian rainforests, wetlands join UNESCO World Heritage List; Agenda.ge

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Four protected areas preserving wetlands and rainforests in Georgia’s west will join the likes of Yellowstone National Park and Swiss Alps on the UNESCO World Heritage List, after the 2021 World Heritage Committee of the body selected them for inclusion on the coveted roster on Monday.

Source: Western Georgian rainforests, wetlands join UNESCO World Heritage List

Culture minister: 2008-2020 rehabilitation “experiment” on Gelati UNESCO World Heritage Site “big mistake”; Agenda.ge

Photo credit: National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia

Thea Tsulukiani, the Minister of Culture, Sport and Youth of Georgia, has called the 2008-2020 rehabilitation work on the roofing of the Gelati Monastery Complex in the country’s west a “big mistake” and an “experiment” that has proved “damaging” to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Source: Culture minister: 2008-2020 rehabilitation “experiment” on Gelati UNESCO World Heritage Site “big mistake”

The four most remarkable places to visit in the Caucasus; Christian Mamo; Emerging Europe

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The Caucasus Mountains are widely considered to be one of the frontiers between Europe and Asia, a place were dozens of civilisations, both big and small, interacted. Consequently, it is a region with an incredibly rich array of historical sites and natural wonders spread across the four countries it encompasses.

Source: The four most remarkable places to visit in the Caucasus

UNESCO experts to issue recommendations for Gelati monument rehabilitation; Agenda.ge

Professionals from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre will visit Georgia to issue recommendations on the ongoing rehabilitation of the Gelati Monastery Complex, following a fraught work on the site that resulted in damage to its newly installed roof and rainwater leaks last year.

Source: UNESCO experts to issue recommendations for Gelati monument rehabilitation

Jvari Monastery UNESCO site set for conservation work with US ambassador fund support; Agenda.ge

The deteriorating facade of the iconic 6th century Jvari Monastery, which stands perched atop a hill outside the ancient Georgian capital of Mtskheta, will undergo conservation and reinforcement work supported by the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation at the United States Embassy in Tbilisi.

Source: Jvari Monastery UNESCO site set for conservation work with US ambassador fund support

US embassy to fund conservation work at Georgian 6th century Jvari Monastery; Agenda.ge

The US Embassy will allocate $100,000 for the first stage of conservation work at Georgian 6th century Jvari monastery in Mtskheta. The project is intended to cover the first phase of the conservation cycle by carrying out a comprehensive study, to identify, classify, and map the extent of damage and deterioration of the facade.

Source: US embassy to fund conservation work at Georgian 6th century Jvari Monastery