About Achievements – Georgian Song in Space

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The Georgian “Chakrulo” song (Georgian: ჩაკრულო), which is sung at celebrations and festivals, was sent into space on the Voyager space craft in 1977. The Voyager Golden Record contains 116 images and a variety of natural sounds, musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings in fifty-nine languages. The disc is the space equivalent … Continue reading

About Achievements – Georgia Signs Association Agreement with the EU

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Today, Georgia and the European Union signed an Association Agreement at a European Council meeting in Brussels. The agreement, which is designed for gradual approximation to EU standards and regulations in a broad range of areas including trade, customs procedures and quality controls, does not give a pledge to eventual membership in the EU; but the … Continue reading

About Achievements – Restoration of Kvetera Church

Restoration of Kvetera Church

Kvetera Church (Georgian: კვეტერის ეკლესია) is located on the top of a hill within the remaining fragments of the walls of Kvetera Fortress near the town of Akhmeta, in Kakheti region. Built in the early part of the 10th century, it is a relatively small church built of local tuffa stone to a tetraconch design (four-apse cross … Continue reading

About Achievements – The Saakashvili Presidential Library

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Founded by former president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, the Saakashvili Presidential Library is a political science and educational center that aims to promote liberal democratic values and the ideas of freedom, national unity and independence, free market economy and progress throughout Georgian society and the entire post-soviet space. Designed by the famous architect Jurgen Mayer … Continue reading

About Achievements – Alexander Kartveli

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Alexander Kartveli, born Alexander Kartvelishvili, (Georgian: ალექსანდრე ქართველიშვილი) 1896–1974) is considered to be one of the most important aircraft designers in US history and the world. Born in Tbilisi, he moved to the U.S.A. in 1928 to design fighter aircraft. His major projects included the design of the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane used by the … Continue reading

About Achievements – The First Georgian in Space

Fyodor Yuchikhin participating in his third spacewalk on July 23, 2007.

Fyodor Yurchikhin is the first astronaut from Georgia. Born on January 3, 1959, in Batumi, Georgia, he is of Pontian Greek descent. He has flown on three spaceflights, including missions to the International Space Station. Yurchikhin has spent over 370 days in space and has undertaken several spacewalks. His first spaceflight was a 10-day Space Shuttle … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Georgian qvevri wine-making method added to UNESCO Heritage List

Two Georgians At Marani by Niko Pirosmani

In 2013, the traditional Georgian qvevri (kvevri) wine-making method was recognized by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The making of wine in qvevri is the oldest known method of wine production and it was from Georgia that wine-making in qvevri spread to Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and beyond. Qvevri are handmade from a special clay … Continue reading

About Sights – New Life for Old Tbilisi

Tbilisi's Old Town. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi Government.

Tbilisi’s Old Town (Georgian: ძველი თბილისი) is one of the oldest parts of the city and nestles on the mountainside under the 4th century Narikala fortress (Georgian: ნარიყალა). The Old Town is part of the Tbilisi Historic District and contains a number of officially designated monuments, churches, cobbled streets and picturesque pastel colored wooden houses with … Continue reading

About Achievements – Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue in Tbilisi

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Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue (Georgian: დავით აღმაშენებლის გამზირი) is named after David IV of Georgia and is located in an historic district of Tbilisi close to the left embankment of the Mtkvari River. Much of the area was built by the German contractor Friederich Vezel in the 1880s. It is one of the most popular shopping streets in … Continue reading

About Achievements – The President of Georgia Climbs Mount Kazbegi

The President of Georgia reaches the summit of  Mount Kazbegi. Photo courtesy of the President’s Administration.

In September 2013, the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, climbed Mount Kazbegi and reached the summit. Mount Kazbegi (Georgian: ყაზბეგი) is one of the highest (5047m) and most beautiful peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. The name in Georgian, Mkinvartsveri (Georgian: ყაზბეგი or მყინვარწვერი), translates to “glacier” or “Ice Mountain”. It is the third highest mountain … Continue reading

About History – Three days in a balloon

On 22 January, 1927, Georgian ballooning enthusiast Vladimir Garakanidze set off from Moscow in a homemade balloon. His intention was to fly to the town of Gorky. It was not a long journey and Vladimir expected to arrive before nightfall. The balloon did not have a gondola. Dressed in an army greatcoat and boots to … Continue reading

About Achievements – A Golden Age of Architecture

Tbilisi Public Service Hall

Georgia has a rich architectural heritage of ancient cave cities, medieval castles and towers, churches and monasteries, monuments and much more. Georgia is also blessed with stunning examples of contemporary architecture. This post is dedicated to some of the beautiful structures that can be found in Georgia’s cities and towns. Click on a picture to see … Continue reading

About Achievements – “Smiling Georgia”

Smiling Georgia Dental Treatment Bus

In August 2012 a program called “Smiling Georgia” started bringing dental care to areas of the country that do not have dental clinics. Dentists are now able to travel to villages and provide a full range of dental care from fully equipped mobile dental treatment buses. The service is free to people over the age … Continue reading

About News – Our other blog wins UK Travel Blog Award

The author of Georgia About also writes another blog about Georgia. Called Bassa’s Blog it describes life in Tbilisi through the eyes of a Caucasian Shepherd Dog called Bassa. We are delighted to announce that Top U.K. travel company, MyTravelMoney.co.uk, has named Bassa’s Blog as a Bronze Award Winner in its 2012 Top 5 Funniest Travel Blogs Awards. Acknowledged … Continue reading

About Development – Tbilisi Public Service Hall

Tbilisi Public Service Hall

The largest public service hall in Georgia officially opened in Tbilisi on 21 September 2012.  Designed by the Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas it is a stunning example of contemporary architecture in Georgia. The concept of the Public Service Hall is a Georgian innovation that has attracted much interest from other countries and Public Service Award from the United … Continue reading

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