He Lives On The Top Of This Natural Pillar – There’s Only One Way Up!

It’s called the Katskhi Pillar is a natural limestone monolith that sits near the village of Chiatura in the Republic of Georgia…and someone decided to build  a church right at the top of it! No one is quite sure when the church was built at the top, or how monks from hundreds of years ago ascended to and from the top as there were no ladders or stairs connecting to it. In 1995, it was restored and rebuilt and a ladder was attached to the rock face towering 130 feet. A pulley system was installed to make it easier to receive and exchange goods, and it has since been closed to the general public. Maxime Qavtaradze scaled the limestone pillar in 1993 in order to “get closer to God,” and made it his life’s work to care for the area. Iron bars and railings have been installed to prevent accidental death by falling or tripping off of the sides, and newer features were added to make life easier on the top of the pillar.

For over 20 years, the small church has been maintained and cared for by the dedicated monk, and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Now THAT is dedication!

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