Ikalto, Georgia 5 – 5/2014

November 15, 2016

Crawling up a 14% grade to the Ikalto Monastery we found a comfortable flat parking area overlooking the upper Kakheti valley, famous for its Georgian wines. Visiting the church and its grounds, it appeared that wine production had been important from a very early time.

After closer inspection we realized that these underground amphorae used to store wine.

After closer inspection we realized that these underground amphorae used to store wine.

The Ikalto monastery near Telavi was founded in the 6th century. It was known as one of the most important cultural-scholastic centers of Georgia. In the 12th century, the Academy of Ikalto trained its students in theology, rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry, and chanting but also taught more practical skills like pottery making, metal work, pharmacology, viticulture and wine making. In 1616, Persian invaders set the Ikalto Academy on fire and it ceased to exit.

This little doll was waiting for her parents visiting the church. Monika exchanged a photo for a balloon.

This little doll was strolling in the Ikalto mission garden. Monika exchanged a photo for a balloon.

Today, there is an effort to save the ancient church and some stabilization and restoration have taken place but lacking funds still threaten the structure.

We took advantage of a sunny day and did a full maintenance service on The Turtle V, including changing the Amsoil dual by-pass oil filters. One of the unique features of The Turtle V is its built-in 12-gallon oil reservoir. Finding quality oil in developing countries can be a problem.

 

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