The Gates of Ganja

Piece of Gates   -The Gates of Ganja- a pattern of mediaval Azery artistic craft. Master Ibrahim ibn Osman made it in 1063, to the Sheddadi ruler Shavur's order.
   Destined either for the Ganja fortress or inner fortress, the gates are embellished with stamped designs and ornaments.    The gates have Kufi inscriptions which tell us that this gate was made to Shavur's order: name of the master, the date ("...blacksmith Ibrahim ibn Osman ibn Angaveh, 455 year).
     In 1139 Georgian tsar Demetri I (1125-54) attacked Ganja, which was destroyed by the earthquake, and took the gates to Georgia (Gelati monastery). One part of the gate was used for covering a shed during repair works in XVIII century. The other part is now secured to the South wall of Gelati monastery (the wall in front of of David IV tomb).

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