Pirukugmari monastery

Troglodyte Monastery of  Pirukugmari (David Gareja)

Pirukugmari monastery (Georg. გარეჯის პირუკუღმარის მონასტერი) – one of the cave monastic complexes of David Gareja, was founded in the VI century. The Complex includes two groups of caves carved into the rocks. One group is located in a ravine, the so-called Baidi, the second, in a place called – Gaili, where fragments of small boilers have been preserved since ancient times. The first group includes the church, located on an impregnable height, and about 15 two-story caves. The church was not found in the second group of caves.

The hall-type church with a tunnel is connected to the tomb of the monks, located in the south-eastern part of the complex. Currently, the complex is in a rather deplorable state. Getting into the caves is quite risky due to the constant and slow collapse of the rock. Also, it is necessary to take into account the difficult local terrain and the fact that the Pirukugmari complex is located quite far from the road. Traveling around the monastery, there is a high probability of encountering unwanted and dangerous creatures. Therefore, it is not recommended to visit the above places for groups traveling for tourism purposes.


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