Mount Kazbek Expedition: Mount Kazbek in Culture
Cursed Monks p3
Monks got scared and started running, and so they did until they saw the golden aura of burning Georgia, Persian Emperor without his gold decided to destroy what’s left. The elder monk, after he saw his country falling down, turned into stone. Then Jesus from a cross told to the rest of the monks that their destiny shall be the same and during the day they will turn to stone, and during the night they will carry that gold to the peak of Mount Kazbek. Christ told that it will be even worse if anyone will notice them, carrying the gold, for which they sold their brothers and the country.
To this day during the day, climbers can see the stone structures, resembling human figures. It is not far from Betlemi hut, actually, some of them are just next to the Orthodox church, which makes all of the legends linked to the same place. It is not surprised, this part of the mountain can be even observed from Stepantsminda and must be spoken of for ages. And if you look to photos on internet made during a winter, you can clearly see Mount Kazbek look like a stone face rising from the Great Caucasus mountains.
Mount Kazbek, Georgia