The Academy of Gelati existed since the 12th century and has long been the cultural and educational center of Georgia . It was part of the Gelati monastery complex near the city of Kutaisi , the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Georgia .
The academy was founded in 1106 by David the Builder, modeled on the academy of Mangana in Constantinople . Scientists, theologians, philosophers and legal scholars who had previously worked either in foreign monasteries or at the Mangana Academy were employed at it. Among the most famous are Ioane Petrizi and Arsen Ikaltoeli . Because of the contributions to education and culture made at the academy, it was also called Neo-Hellados or second Athens .
UNESCO world heritage
With the entire monastery complex, the building of the former Gelati Academy has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994 .
- Entry on the UNESCO World Heritage Center website ( English and French ).
- The Gelati Academy , www.georgienseite.de
Coordinates: 42 ° 15 ′ 44 ″ N , 42 ° 42 ′ 59 ″ E