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Katskhi

Katskhi pillar is the most well-known 'stylite' site in Georgia. In fact rather than being a column, as in Syria, in this case the 'pillar' is a pinnacle of rock that houses a chapel and some monastic cells on its summit. Although originally believed to date back to the sixth century, archaeological exploration suggests that it was inhabited no earlier than the ninth century and it has been pointed out that this manner of monasticism is closer to the monasteries of Meteora in Greece than it is to the Stylites of Syria. However, Katskhi remains fixed in Georgian opinion as the home of an ancient Stylite and there has thus far been little discussion as to the exact relationship between these variant interpretations of the practice of Stylitism.

Creator

Emma Loosley

Contributor

Emma Loosley

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Metadata and all media released under Creative CommonsCreative Commons BY-NC-SA unless otherwise indicated

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https://www.academia.edu/16868993/Katskhi_Pillar

Type

Architecture

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Collection

The Early Christian Architecture of Georgia

Citation

Emma Loosley, “Katskhi,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed October 17, 2018, http://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/867.

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