Katskhi Pillar
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LWL3333
Wellington, FL18,100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
I know that there are similar structures in similarly inaccessible locations in Greece, but I had never seen something like this before in all our travels, except in an ole James Bond film. You can't ascend the ladder to enter the building at the top unless you are invited, which we were not, but even from a reasonable distance this site is awe-inspiring. This place is worth a visit if you pass anywhere near it, if only to take some photos and then move on. There is a signpost on the main road directing you to the access road to get near enough to take clear photos.
Written June 24, 2015
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GeoGuide
Tbilisi, Georgia1,102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
Chiatura is a small town ,200 km away from Tbilisi. We left Tbiliis early in the morning and headed to the West. Near Gomi we took turn right. From that moment road and nature becomes completely different:) Mounts everywhere, this road is called : Cheratkhevi pass. There are many small restaurants, were you can taste the true Georgian dishes :) Once we entered Chiatura -we saw cliffs around. And 9-10 store houses on them :) Also, airbuses, so many of them! Some are for passengers and some for transporting manganese between mines. River Kvirila divides town in two parts. We drove through.In the village Katskhi on the right we saw an amazing view - The Katskhi Pillar. The analog of it is Meteora monasteries in Greece.Dated back to 9-10 the century , it is a limestone monolith, 150 m2 surface and a small church on top of it. No women are allowed to climb it. It is around 40 meters high. There is a small house near the pillar, where locals keep old pictures and some historical things, that have been found on the site. Place left us speechless... On the way back we visited Mghvimevi monastery, which is also in Chiatura, a hidden place It is impossible to see it from the way, when you enter the town. Monastery is located on the cliff and goes deep into the cave.It is said, that Queen Tamara was hiding there couple of times :) Paintings are still visible are dated 13th century. Don't miss this unique place!
It is a full day tour from Tbilisi. There are several small guest houses though, you can stay overnight there and enjoy more airbuses :)
Written June 22, 2016
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amhaj
Indianapolis, IN87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
A very unique thing to see. It's hard to believe a priest lives all the way up there. We were with a local family and so received much interesting info about the chapel and house. Tip- road leading to it is bad and you must walk up a very steep hill to reach it.
Written April 24, 2016
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gabcsi_11
budapest237 contributions
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I had seen a lot of photos about Katskhy before we started toGeorgia. I had been looking forward to this experience. I had read a lot of articles so I had my image when we got there. On the way from Mtskheta to Kutaisi you just have to cross the mountains to the north to get to Chiatura the mining city which is rather depressing. Getting out of this soon you arrive in Katskhy a little village. You have to turn right and follow some very bad paths in the forest up and down, meanwhile you can see this large rock columm high above the objects. After a certain point we could not continue as the path was so steep that we were worried about the car so we went on walking. We could see the pillar by now. When we got there we saw that some people were working. A man came up to us and led us around. We entered a small chapel where they were keeing some old objects. Then another man came up to us and started ecplaining. He was wearing a military coat and a long black sg. Later we got to know that he was the man who had been living upstairs. This meeting was so shocking for me, as he was such a charismatic person full of strong will. He showed us a lot of things when a group of children came amd he went there. After some time we had to finish our visit and start back. Now I wish I could go back again!
Written December 3, 2014
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ElaNazari
Tehran, Iran36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
So I hitchhiked from Tblisi to Chiatura and stayed at the end of the town and went to see the pillar next day. From far it really looked marvelous and when I get there I asked the person in charge if I could go high up, but he said no, and a gardener next to him asked where I was coming from, I should say that they didn't speak English easily. After I said where I was from he came to talk to me and he was a kind guy saying that he was in Iran before, it felt nice and safe. Also I should say that before going up there it was so hot and I was frustrated of hiking with a backpack, so I trusted a couple down the road of pillar who sold popcorns and put the backpack with them, which when I got back was intact. It feels nice that Georgian people are kind and trustworthy. So I enjoyed the view of pillar and when I got back and read about it I found out that noone is allowed upstairs.

I wish someone could speak English there to tell me more about it.
Written July 5, 2019
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Martin J
Levice, Slovakia544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Attraction have two parking place. First in on small hill (approx 10 minutes of slow ride from main road) but is possible continue ride down to bigger parking place. I recommended used a first one and than continue with walk, because ride back is more complicated.
Written October 7, 2017
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Ira k
Tbilisi, Georgia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
Katskhi column. One of the most wonderful place in the beautiful region of Imereti. Katskhi column is located in the village of Chiatura Katskhi, katskhuras river valley.
Katshi pillar is a vertically erected rocky mass that has arisen as result of tectonic shifts. It’s height is 45 meters. There is a strong resemblance of katshi pillar wihmonasteries built on inaccessibie cliffs in greek Thessaly. Which symbolically represent the connecting between heaven and earth.
Katskhi is svan word that means – top. Before Christian times, katshi pillar enters the pamtheon of pagan deities ad was chapel of the Georgian fertility Godhead.
Post ridge area is square meters. At it’s extreme south – east maximus the confessor- small building built in 9-10 centures with integrated doors in the north side two cells here was also the winch by which the monks communicated with the outside world.
On the westen edge of the column is a eight pitcher wine cellar where probably wine and water was stored. On the western side of the cellar in the vertical cliff the second cell was carved. On the area below the column was built a small one-nave church of st. simeon mesvete.
Written December 12, 2016
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Csoki J
Szombathely, Hungary8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
Went to Katskhi for rock climbing and eventually arrived next to the pillar. It is important to know that the rock was deserted and the surroundings untouched until about ten years ago when the chapel and the house was rebuilt and the road was paved. Construction work is still in progress, but the pillar looks amazing anyway. Worth going there and to Chiatura for a daytrip.
Written March 13, 2016
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zuppiat
Amsterdam, The Netherlands247 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
It's a small building on top of a pillar. From a distance it looks ok. It is mostly restored in recent years. The road to it is a little bumpy but not that hard to drive. You cant go up there anymore. I wouldnt go here unless you are in the area, vastly overrated in my opinion.
Written April 23, 2019
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Lynne S
Winters, CA596 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
You can get there on public transport but we had to hitch back. The 1k walk in was no problem, though the steps at the end were tiring. Not much to see up close.
Written July 30, 2019
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