Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bagrati Cathedral

Georgia is an amazing cluster of cultures, religions, fascinating landscapes and ancient history. I am particularly interested in its alphabet and architecture. This time a postcard comes from friendly Khatuna, which shows the magnificent Bagrati Cathedral. The cathedral is located in Kutaisi, the second largest city of the country and being a symbol also one of the main tourist attractions of the whole city. Bagrati Cathedral was built in 11th-century and served as a masterpiece in the history of modern and medieval Georgian architecture. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and inscribed on the list of World Heritage in Danger in 2010.
Khatuna also used some nice stamps on the card. Among them, the one shown above is the most special. It shows a golden statue of a lion from the 3rd millennium B.C. barrow of the Alazani valley, now a collection of Georgian National Museum. The golden lion is also featured on the obverse of the 5 TETRI coin issued in 1993. The stamp belongs to a sheet of art cultural heritage gold jewelry issued in 2012 (see below). Thank you so much Khatuna!