The world Bank helped to restore the Georgian monastic complex of David-Gareji, where the fresco of Queen Tamar

Tbilisi. 7 Aug. INTERFAX – IN Georgia the restoration of the UNESCO world heritage the monastery complex of David-Gareja VI century and the surrounding tourism infrastructure.

According to the municipal development Fund Ministry of regional development and infrastructure of Georgia, restoration works, which lasted two years, was funded by the government of Georgia with world Bank support.

The project was renovated the facades of the cells of the updated system of water and electricity, established the Center for visitors, landscaped area of the monastery complex and the surrounding tourism infrastructure, built Parking.

The monastic complex David-Gareji – a favorite place for local and foreign tourists. It stretches for 25 kilometers, consists of about 20 monasteries carved into the rocks, and covers the territory of three districts of Georgia – Gardabani, Signagi and Sharedzilla. Lavra, located 60 kilometers Southeast of Tbilisi, on the Georgian-Azerbaijani border, which divides the complex into two parts.

The history of the complex begins in the VI century, when one of the 13 Syrian fathers named David dwelt in the cave of Gareja on the slopes of a small canyon and soon founded the first monastery, which later turned into the Lavra of Saint David. For its size and historical significance of David-Gareja occupies a special place in Georgian history. In many churches and refectories of the monasteries preserved the frescos of VIII-XIV centuries with portraits of historical figures, including portrait of Queen Tamara.