Source: Georgian Journal
April 11, 2016
Robbie RG Commercial, already famous for its fascinating videos of Georgia, offers yet another work – this time from beautiful Alaverdi Monastery , Kakheti region.
The Alazani river valley in Georgia’s Eastern region of Kakheti features the magnificent monastery of Alaverdi built in the sixth century by one of the 13 Assyrian monks, Ioseb Alaverdeli. From the eleventh century the Alaverdi monastery turned into the Episcopal center and residence of the head of the Eparchy. The current Saint George church was built in the eleventh century by king of the Kakhetians, Kvirike, on the place where the former, smaller church had stood. Starting from the same period, the monastery became the ancestral cemetery of the Kakheti royal house.
National Geographic describes Alaverdi saying, “this unsung corner of the planet is contagious," adding, “Monks at the ancient Alaverdi Monastery still ferment wine the way their order has for a millennium, in earthenware vessels buried in the ground.”