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Beginning of a long path down to the Holy Spring from the Bodbe Monastery. Turns into a narrow dark winding dirt path down the mountain.  During a recent trip to Grusia (Georgia) I visited Bodbe Monastery with my Georgian friends.  The devoted went to a natural spring for purposes of receiving the benefits from the holy water.  The walk down the narrow winding mountain path from the Monastery to the Holy Spring, and then back up again, is quite exhausting -   especially if one decides to take a “short-cut “by climbing through the woods as I did. 

The Bodbe Monastery is located in Kakheti, Grusia (Georgia) which overlooks the beautiful Alazani valley and the high snowcapped Caucasus mountains.  The Monastery is located in one of the more beautiful places I have visited in my life.  The Monastery was initially built back in the 9th Century.

The Bodbe Monastery is dedicated to St. Nino, who assisted in the conversion of the Georgian people to Christianity during the 4th Century.  She is the most revered saint in Georgia and her final resting place is at the Monastery.  Standing by her tomb and reflecting upon the long history of the Georgian people was an emotional moment for me since I have lived in Tbilisi, Georgia for several years and have been going back annually. Georgians are truly a remarkable people.

Saint Nino

Small church in the village of Sioni, Georgia, where I attended a wedding of a local village couple.

I visited Sioni quite often when I worked in Georgia during the period of 1997 through 2006. Sioni used to be a popular place of relaxation for the Russian party operatives during the Soviet era.

I watched this small church being built and contributed a little bit of money to fund the construction.

Holy Spring

Saint Nino is carrying the “Georgian Cross”.   The horizontal bar droops down because the cross was made originally from grape vines.  This grape vine cross is symbolic of Georgian Christianity.

Georgians became one of the first people to accept Christianity

Georgian “grapevine” gold cross


Flag of Georgia

Coat of Arms of Georgia

Path down a dark forested hillside to the holy spring.

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