The Anatori burial vaults lie several kilometres north of Shatili below the Georgian-Chechen border post on the other side of the river. The vaults are called akeldama in Georgian and the people of Shatili have a tradition that when a plague came to the town in the middle ages, those affilcted by the disease walked to the akeldama and sat and patiently waited to die in the vaults rather than infect their healthy families and friends.
Date of Visit
19th September 2016
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Akeldama, Anatori, Architecture, Burial Vault, Chechnya, Georgia, Medieval, Tomb
Emma Loosley , “Anatori,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed March 23, 2023, https://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/739.