Ananuri Castle and Church Complex, Georgia

On the day, I went to Ananuri castle and the Kazbegi village in Caucasus Mountains along Aragvi River. The Aragvi River is located on the southern slope of the
Caucasus Mountains. The river is 112 km in length.

Zhinvali Dam

Zhinvali Dam

The hydro-electricity Zhinvali Dam built on the river produces much of Georgia’s
power. The building of the dam in 1986 formed the Zhinvali reservoir.

Zhinvali reservoir

Zhinvali reservoir

Ananuri is very little village in the ravine of Caucasus Mountains, it has an elevation of 815 meters above sea level. There is very quiet, with a few scattered villagers.

Ananuri is very little village.

Ananuri is very little village.

Ananuri village is in the ravine of Caucasus Mountains.

Ananuri village is in the ravine of Caucasus Mountains.

Near the reservoir on the river is the Ananuri castle with its Assumption Church.

 Ananuri castle with its Assumption Church

Ananuri castle with its Assumption Church

Ananuri castle was seat of the Dukes of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. The castle was the scene of numerous battles.

The Castle Entrance

The Castle Entrance

Ananuri Castle is a typical feudal stronghold dating from the XVII century. Within the walls encircling the stronghold are civil, military and religious constructions. The Ananuri Stronghold is a witness to many bloody tragedies which the epoch of feudal strives abounded in.

The strong castle of Ananuri

The strong castle of Ananuri

Within the complex are two churches. The older Church of the Virgin has the graves of
some of the Dukes of Aragvi.

Older Church of the Virgin

Older Church of the Virgin

It dates from the first half of the 17th century, and was built of brick.

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Interior of the church; main alter and tomb of Duke Edishera (right side)

The interior is no longer decorated, but of interest is a stone tomb erected by the widow of the Duke Edishera, who died in 1674.

The larger Church of the Assumption, built in 1689 for the son of Duke Bardzem.

The Church of the Assumption

The Church of the Assumption

The larger Church of the Assumption, built in 1689 for the son of Duke Bardzem.

East façade of Church of the Assumption, Ananuri

East façade of Church of the Assumption, Ananuri

It is a central dome style structure with richly decorated façades, including a
carved north entrance and a carved grapevine cross (cross of the grape) on the
south façade.

The main altar in a church

The main altar in a church

Icons of the church

Icons of the church

Fresco of the church

Fresco of the church

It also contains the remains of a number of frescoes, most of which were destroyed by the fire in the 18th century.

Interior of the Dome of the Church of the Assumption

Interior of the Dome of the Church of the Assumption

It also contains the remains of a number of frescoes, most of which were destroyed by the fire in the 18th century.

In 2007, the complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site program.

Wild flower which blooms in Ananuri Castle

Wild flower which blooms in Ananuri Castle

It is not a great problem to be enrolled to the world heritage of UNESCO. Things which human made fall presently, but as for the flower in the field, the life is eternity.

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