Shemokmedi Monastery

A while ago, I presented a PowerPoint on ‘Historical Sites in Guria’. In researching, I found out that one of the most important monasteries in Guria was in a village near Ozurgeti. So this weekend, I thought I would take a trip up to see it.

It was indeed a short marshrutka ride to the village, but this village must be popular because the van was slam full of people. I got out at the appropriate village and no one was around except another girl who also got off the van and an old man. I didn’t immediately see the monastery. Every building looked deserted, which being in Georgia was normal. I asked where the monastery was and they both turned around and pointed up to the top of a mini mountain. …Obviously.

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I had read and been told that back in time for centuries the monastery was the most important in the region. It held a vast library and was the burial grounds for the nobility of the region.

 

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It was smaller than I had imagined. But it still held an impressive view of the surrounding villages and countryside.

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When I got back down to the bottom of the mountain I asked a kid where to wait for the Marshrutka. Once I got to the appropriate shade tree, I looked around to gather my bearings. This place seemed familiar. It was the village we came to when I first came to Georgia to hear President Saakashvili speak!

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(In case you guys forgot, there are photos of most of the places I visit in the tab on the right side of blog. Cheers!)

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‘Cause baby,
There ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you

Aint No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye

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