About Literature – Vazha-Pshavela
Vazha-Pshavela (pseudonym of Luka Razikashvili) is considered to be one of the greatest Georgian poets.
As a nature admirer, Vazha-Pshavela knows no comparison in Georgian poetry.
His finest works are considered to be the tragic narrative poems “Host and Guest” (1893) and “The Snake-Eater” (1901) that combine Caucasian folk myth with human tragedy.
You can find an English translation of the poem “Host and Guest” here.
Vazha-Pshavela was born in the village of Chargali in Georgia in 1861 and died in Tbilisi on July 10, 1915.
In 1961, a museum and memorial were built in his birth place in Chargali.
Museum address: 1810, village Chargali, Dusheti district
Phone: (+995 55) 12 75 27
Working hours: Everyday, except Monday, 10.00 – 18.00
Ticket price: 0.50 GEL, Guided tours – 5 GEL
The museum houses paintings, sculptures, photographs and objects connected with the life and work of Vazha-Pshavela.
Opposite the museum is Vazha-Pshavela’s house. You can go inside the house and see where he lived but you may have to wait in a queue during busy times.
Outbuilding next to Vazha-Pshavela’s House
The museum and house are a popular destination for Georgians and tourists and can become crowded but they are well worth a visit.
There is a kiosk on-site, selling drinks and ice creams and children can enjoy a ride on a horse along the road adjacent to the museum (cost 2 GEL).