2021-06-04

The Katskhi Pillar, Georgia

Katskhi Church is perched on a stone pillar more than 40m high.

The most isolated church in the world | From the city of Kutaisi, drive through beautiful, winding country roads about 60km in length to reach Katskhi village, you will be surprised to see the Georgia Pillar - a natural limestone formation over 40m high, towering in the middle space. Perched atop the stone pillar is Katskhi Church, one of the most famous structures in the Imereti region, also known as the world's most isolated and holiest church.

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Katskhi Pillar


Katskhis Sveti in Georgian - "Katskhi Pillar" is the place that engraves in the memory once and for all, leaving the most indelible impression. Katskhi Church was built in the middle of the 5th century and kept a divine watch until the 15th century. In the opinion of many scholars, this ancient church was built by ascetics, who were the first Christians to reach the top of the stone pillars to pray and perform religious ceremonies. However, how they made this church is still a mystery. In addition to the church, this ancient structure also has a burial chamber, a wine cellar, a curtain wall and three living rooms for hermits. Standing from the church, you can see the whole surrounding valley, the Imereti region with the colorful beauty of the changing forests below, the silver-gray limestone mountains and the blue sky above.

Katskhi Pillar in Western Georgia


The only way to reach this church is to climb the thin metal steps fastened to the cliff for about 20 minutes. Every day, the monks living below make the trek to the top of the mountain to pray, a practice that is said to bring them closer to God. Currently, only local monks are allowed to climb the church - something incredibly taboo for women. However, visitors can still learn about this unique church at the complex built at the foot of the rock. You can climb to the first floor of the Katskhi Pillar, where there is a prayer area and a 6th-century crucifix marked into the limestone - one of the earliest examples of Christian symbolism still in existence today. 
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Father Maxim lives at the top of the forty-meter pillar. For fifteen years now, he has been engaged in the revival of an unjustly forgotten shrine.

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