Gremi Tentative UNESCO site
Gremi, situated in the wine-growing region of Kakheti, Kvareli Municipality, is a remarkable historical and architectural complex overlooking the picturesque valleys of the Alazani River. Designated on the tentative list of UNESCO world heritage sites, Gremi served as the capital of the Kakheti Kingdom from the 15th to the early 17th century. Once a thriving economic, political, and cultural center along the Great Silk Road, Gremi encompassed about 50 hectares, surrounded by defensive walls.
The Archangels' complex, royal residence, and commercial trade district constituted the main components of Gremi. Today, the domed church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and the adjacent royal bell tower stand as the most well-preserved structures. The church, built in the 16th century, exhibits unusual proportions within its typical cross-dome style, featuring three entrances from the west, south, and north.
The three-storey royal bell tower, with a belfry at the top, was constructed before the church and likely served as royal residences on the bottom two floors. Archaeological excavations have revealed various elements of the commercial trade district, such as bathhouses, markets, caravanserais, and Matarsa Church (1593-1595).
Designated as a museum-preserve since 1975, Gremi showcases archaeological and ethnographic materials, including medieval ceramic artifacts, tools, weapons, and more. The complex's strategic location, historical significance, and integration with the surrounding natural beauty contribute to its cultural importance.
Opening hours: 10:00-17:00
Entrance fee: 10 GEL
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