The Katskhi Pillar is a towering structure that stands 40 meters tall in the hills of Central Georgia. It resembles a giant’s club and has had a mythical presence since human settlement in the area. Before the arrival of Christianity, the pillar was a pagan holy site and was likely used for fertility rituals.
In the 4th century, Georgia adopted Christianity as the state religion, becoming the second country in the world after Armenia to do so. As Christianity spread, pagan places of worship were gradually replaced by Christian ones to solidify the new beliefs. As a result, the Katskhi Pillar became the site of a small church that was built in the 7th century.
The church on top of the pillar is similar to the practice of the Stylites, who were early Christian ascetics who prayed on top of wooden pillars. Following in the footsteps of the revered Saint Simeon Stylites, who sat on a pillar for almost 40 years, these pious Christians subjected themselves to physical discomfort and devoted themselves to their religion. The Katskhi Pillar also bears a striking resemblance to the famous Greek monasteries of Meteora.