Georgia: Katskhi pillar – A 130 ft. rock pillar

Katskhi, Georgia

Simona Bertolaso

Katskhi

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Description

Katskhi pillar – A 130 ft. rock pillar. In the 4th century a place of seclusion. A church was built between the 6-8th centuries. It is a natural limestone monolith located at the village of Katskhi in western Georgian region of Imereti, near the town of Chiatura. It is approximately 40 metres (130 ft) high, and overlooks the small river valley of Katskhura, a right affluent of the Q’virila.
The rock, with visible church ruins on a top surface measuring c. 150 m2, has been venerated by locals as the Pillar of Life and a symbol of the True Cross, and has become surrounded by legends. It remained unclimbed by researchers and unsurveyed until 1944 and was more systematically studied from 1999 to 2009.

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