The Day of Love at Gergeti Trinity Church

Many tourists visited, and a couple was married, on the Day of Love (July 16) at Gergeti Trinity Church, in Gergeti (near Kazbegi). Georgians have celebrated this holiday “since the beginning of time,” except for the years of total atheism when Georgia was part of the Soviet Union.  The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II revived the holiday. The town of Gergeti celebrates in an especially big way. Copyright Susanna Melo, 2012.

This ancient form of Georgian writing appears on Gergeti Trinity Church; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

Gergeti Trinity Church was built in the 14th century. It is situated on a steep mountain at 7,000 feet beneath Mt. Kazbegi. You can reach it by walking 2.5 hours or by taking a 30-minute jeep ride (we rode). Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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