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Katski Pillar

It is an impressive 40 meters tall, natural limestone pillar, located on the watershed of the Rivers Kackhura and Gvitori. In the Middle Ages it was hermits’ dwelling. There are two small churches on the upper platform of the pillar accessible through an iron ladder. Historians associate the construction of the chapel with asceticism. In the 6th century renunciation was very common in Asia and particularly in Syria which had close relations with Georgia.

The pillar was uninhabited for centuries. It was visited for the first time in 1944 by a group of climbers who were lead by an alpinist A. Japaridze. They found ruins of a church and the 600-year-old bones of a stylite (a pillar-saint). All complex consists of the church dedicated to Maximus the Confessor, crypt (burial vault), three hermit cells, wine cellar, and curtain wall on the uneven top surface of the column. At the base of the pillar you may find newly built church of Simeon Stylites and ruins of an old wall and belfry.


Tourist Routes

Do you want to see Imereti, but you do not know where to start from? We prepared for you trails around the region, which will lead you to interesting natural sites, historical monuments and cultural attractions. Following those paths you will visit true Imeretian “pearls” – thousand- year- old monasteries, historical buildings, amazing wonders of nature, including mountains, canyons, caves, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and you will come across many other attractions. You will also have an occasion to taste delicious Georgian food and wine. Have a look at our suggestions and go explore Imereti!

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