On the identification problem of the Georgian "Devtubani" monastery

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We propose in this article that the Devtubani monastery was located in Rephaim valley, southwest of the walls of Jerusalem. The unusual name of monastery itself is derived from a well known historical toponym; there is evidence about a Byzantine “namesake” of Devtubani, monastery of Giants; and it is a fact that Georgians owned the lands of the valley in the XIII-XV centuries. It is likely that the Byzantine monastery of Giants, as also the Medieval Devtubani afterwards, was part of a large group of monasteries that were located in the neighbourhoods of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-430
Number of pages8
JournalLiber Annuus
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Church buildings -- Israel -- Jerusalem
  • Reḥov ʻEmeḳ Refaʼim (Jerusalem
  • Israel) -- Antiquities


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