Nakalakoi

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Nino Bagrationi
Giorgi Bagrationi
Giorgi Bagrationi
Gia Shervashidze

 
A huge rock-hewn monastic complex was discovered near the village of Ur, on the left side of the Erusheti Tskali, 20km away the Georgian borders. It is a seven-storey cliff town spanning the area of 150-200 metres and comprising churches, chambers, tunnels and walls which still facing preserve masonries.

In the east of the complex is a large rock-hewn church with a pastophorium on its north. The hall terminates in a sanctuary. The rectangular pastophorium has two doors, one of which is connected to the sanctuary and another, to the hall. The east part of the church preserves five windows. The lower section of the cliff, which had a door, is destroyed, though traces of plastering and mural paintings can be seen in the corner of its tympanum. There is a deep niche in the west part of the north wall of the hall. The west wall is plastered and sooty. It is possible that the wall had murals, which can be determined only after cleaning the surface. In its southern part the church had another chamber, which was destroyed by an earthquake.

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