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Princess Tamara

According to written sources and rich findings of the archaeological excavations, the monastery operated continuously from the 10th until the 16th century. It was built during the reign of Georgian King David III (+1001), at the same time when the Monastery of the Iberians was established on Mount Athos.

Great benefactors of the monastery were the kings of Georgia. The chronicler of the Georgian King David IV also known as King David the Builder (1089-1125) mentions that the king had given many presents and privileges to various monasteries in different countries including Cyprus.

The queen of Georgia Tamar (1184-1213), daughter and successor of King George III, with whom she co-reigned from 1178-79, was the protector of monasteries and churches both within and outside her country and therefore offered substantial help to the Georgian monastery of Gialia in Cyprus. 


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