Photographer's Note

Sapara Monastery

Judging from my two previous pictures of Vardzia, you might perhaps think that the landscape in southern Georgia mainly consists of bare rock.

However, there are also wooded regions. As in the area of the Sapara Monastery.
Overall, I found Georgia a very green country.

Information from my travel guide Lonely Planet:
At 12 kilometer southeast of the town of Akhaltsikhe we find the Sapara Monastery.
It has existed there from at least the 9th century.
Among its monks there were many important figures in Georgian ecclesiastical history.
The present Church of St. Saba dates from the 13th century. Its frescoes from the 14th century.
During a certain period in its history (from the end of the 16th century until the beginning of the 17th century), the monastery has been abandoned.

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