Church of St Nicholas—Gelati Monastery

Kutaisi, near Republic of Georgia

Georgian Orthodox

King David the Builder founded the Gelati monastery and academy in the 12th century. The Church of Saint Nicholas is from the late 13th century. The ground floor of the unusual two-storied domed church is open with arches on all sides. The church itself is on the second floor and is polyhedral in form. Gelati, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been in continuous use since the 12th century.