At home in Shilda

Levan Mosiashvili invited me to his home in Shilda to meet his parents, friends and neighbors. Shilda in in Kakheti, near the mountains that form Georgia’s border with Russia. During my too-brief stay, I was able to enjoy all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables from Levan’s garden, as well as trout that he caught, red wine made by one neighbor, white wine made by another neighbor, and vodka made by a third neighbor. It was wonderful! Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

While driving me around to see the local sights, such as Ikalto Monastery, Levan bought 3 pails of peaches and more than a dozen watermelons and cantaloupes for family and friends; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

Ikalto Monastery and Academy, 6-12th centuries

Khvtaeba (Holy Spirit) church at Ikalto Monastery and Academy was built in the 8th-9th century; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

An academy was founded at Ikalto Monastery in the early 12th century. It trained its students in theology, rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry, chanting but also more practical skills such as pottery making, metal work, viticulture, wine making and pharmacology. Copyright, Keith Kenney, 2012.