Gergeti Trinity Church – Kazbegi Georgia
Gergeti Trinity Church, Kazbegi Georgia
Gergeti Trinity Church –one of the most beautiful churches in the world
Having some of the most magical landscapes and well preserved monuments, Georgia is definitely among the European countries that can offer unforgettable experiences.
The Gergeti Trinity Church is an architectural Georgian wonder!
Near the village of Gergeti, outside the town of Stephantsminda, in Kazbegi Georgia lies the isolated Gergeti Trinity Church. Also called the Holy Trinity Church, it sits on top of a mountain near Mount Kazbegi Georgia, at an elevation of 2170 meters, which is one of the highest and most beautiful peaks of Caucasus.
The Gergeti Trinity Church
The Trinity Church was built in the 14th century – and its architecture hasn’t been suffering any modifications ever since and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province. The church is now an active establishment of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church.
The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the area, and can be reached by a steep 3 hour climb up the mountain, or around 30 minutes by jeep up a rough mountain trail.
Legend and Mythology – Kazbegi
According to Greek mythology, as punishment for teaching mankind how to make fire, the Titan Prometheus was chained to a mountainside in the Caucasus for all eternity. According to Georgian stories, it was the icy slopes of Kazbegi to which he was chained. Prometheus (known as Amirani in Georgia) was supposedly imprisoned in a cave 4,000 meters high. The cave, now called Betlemi (Bethlehem), later served as a dwelling for orthodox monks, and is said to have contained many sacred relics, including Abraham’s tent and Christ’s manger.
There are many guesthouses where locals are happy to treat you like family, rustic and beautiful with views of the mountains, and often the picturesque Gergeti Trinity Church. Also, you can stay at Rooms Hotel Khazbegi and enjoy the amazing view of the town.