Ancient Academy Ikalto famous because here, according to tradition, studied outstanding Georgian poet of XII century – Shota Rustaveli. The Academy is part of the monastery complex of St. Zeno, located 8 km from Telavi.
The building of the Academy – the latest (XII century.). Today only fragments remain from him. Academy building has not been restored after the destruction of the hordes of Shah Abbas I in 1616. At the time, the Academy founded by David the Builder, is an important cultural and educational centers of Georgia.