About Tourism – Hotel Dartlo in Tusheti

The Hotel Dartlo in the village of Dartlo.

The family run “Hotel Dartlo” is located in the heritage village of Dartlo in the historic region of Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) in northeastern Georgia. Built of stone in traditional Tush style, the hotel’s accommodation consists of 12 standard rooms and 1 luxury room. The hotel occupies the highest place in the village and has wonderful views of the village and … Continue reading

About Sights – The Konstantine Gamsakhurdia House Museum

The Konstantine Gamsakhurdia House Museum in the village of Dzveli Abasha.

Konstantine Gamsakhurdia (Georgian: კონსტანტინე გამსახურდია) is considered to be one of the most influential Georgian novelists of the 20th century and is known for such works as The Right Hand of the Grand Master and David the Builder. A museum housing a collection of memorabilia related to Gamsakhurdia was established in 1987 in his home village … Continue reading

About Sights – Tbilisi National Park

Tbilisi National Park

Tbilisi National Park (Georgian: თბილისის ეროვნული პარკი) is located to the north of the city of Tbilisi and covers an area of 243 square kilometers (94 sq mi). The historical town of Mtskheta lies just outside of the western boundary of the park. The park was established in 1973 and is the oldest national park … Continue reading

About Sights – Bethlemi Hut

Bethlemi Hut on Mount Kazbegi

Located at a height of 3,653 m on Mount Kazbegi (Georgian: ყაზბეგის მყინვარწვერი), Bethlemi Hut is the highest located building in Georgia. Originally constructed of wood in 1933, it was designed as a shelter for climbers. In 1941, a stone building replaced the wooden one and served as a climber’s shelter and meteorological station. Annually, … Continue reading

About Tourism – Guesthouse “Shina” in Upper Omalo

Guesthouse "Shina" in Upper Omalo in Tusheti

Guesthouse “Shina” is located in the village of Upper Omalo in the historic region of Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) in northeastern Georgia. Built of stone in traditional Tush style, the guesthouse can accommodate up to 18 guests in its 8 well equipped guest rooms. The medieval towers of Keselo (Georgian: კესელო) can be seen from the guesthouse balcony. … Continue reading

About Sights – The Neptune Fountain in Batumi

The Neptune Fountain in front of Batumi Drama Theater

The statue of Neptune in front of Batumi Drama Theater in the city of Batumi was erected in 2010. The statue and its fountain is a copy of the Fountain of Neptune in the Piazza del Nettuno in the town of Bologna in Italy. The original sculpture was completed by the Flemish sculptor Giambologna in 1567. The statue was gold-plated in 2011. Four … Continue reading

About Sights – Ilia Chavchavadze Monument in Batumi

Ilia Chavchavadze's monument in the city of Batumi

Ilia Chavchavadze is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern Georgia. Revered as Pater Patriae (Father of the Fatherland) of Georgia, he spearheaded the revival of the Georgian national movement in the second half of the 19th century. A monument to Chavchavadze was erected in the city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast … Continue reading

About History – The First Printed Book in Georgian

A portrait of Niceforo Irbachi from the travel album of Cristoforo Castelli

The first printed book in Georgian was published in Rome in 1629 by Niceforo Irbachi (Nicholas Irubakidze-Cholokashvili) (Georgian: ნიკოლოზ ჩოლოყაშვილი; ნიკოლოზ ირუბაქიძე-ჩოლოყაშვილი), a Georgian Orthodox priest, politician and diplomat. The book was a Georgian Alphabet with prayers, which was later accompanied with a Georgian – Italian dictionary. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos … Continue reading

About Events – Christmas Tree Festival in Tbilisi

Christmas tree design by Dinamo Tbilisi

As part of its program of Christmas events, the city of Tbilisi holds a Christmas Tree Festival. Christmas trees designed by well known Georgian companies are displayed in King Erekle II Street and the winner of the best design is announced at the end of the Christmas period. All photos courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall. … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Christmas Decorations in Tbilisi

Christmas lights in Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi

Tbilisi celebrates Christmas in style, adorning its streets and parks with beautiful illuminated decorations. Most Georgians celebrate Christmas according to Orthodox tradition on January 7, but the street Christmas fairs and celebration events start earlier in December. The lighting of the main New Year Tree usually takes place on December 25 at the Old Parliament building on … Continue reading

About Sights – The Illuminated Fountains in Rustavi

The illuminated fountains in Rustavi

The colorful, illuminated fountain in Rustavi City Hall Square in the city of Rustavi (Georgian: რუსთავი) in Kvemo Kartli region is one example of the transformation that has occurred in Georgia’s third largest city. Founded in the 5th–4th centuries B.C. Rustavi is one of the ancient towns of Georgia. Completely destroyed by a Mongol army in … Continue reading

About Sights – Poti Lighthouse

Poti Lighthouse. Photo courtesy of the Georgian State Hydrographic Service.

The lighthouse in the port city of Poti (Georgian: ფოთი) in Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region is one of the oldest navigation facilities on the coast of the Black Sea. Made of cast iron, it was constructed in England and transported by steamship to Georgia in 1864. Ships approach Poti harbor from the north, parallel to … Continue reading

About Law Enforcement – Ford Interceptor Patrol Cars

Georgian Patrol Police Ford Interceptor patrol cars. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Georgia’s patrol police force is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a fleet of new Ford Interceptor patrol cars (Georgian: ფორდ ინტერსეპტორი). This version of the Ford Taurus was created specifically for police use and before the Georgian police received these cars, the only police forces that used them were Canadian and American ones. Designed to … Continue reading

About Art – Georgian artist Lado Tevdoradze

Georgian market painting by Georgian artist Lado Tevdoradze

Born in Tbilisi in 1957, Georgian artist Lado Tevdoradze (Georgian: ლადო თევდორაძე) graduated from the Toidze Art School and The State Academy of Art. His wonderful paintings have been exhibited throughout Europe and in Russia and several are held in private collections throughout the world. All photos courtesy of Lado Tevdoradze. CLICK on the logo … Continue reading

About Art – David Datuna’s “Georgia – hope of millions”

David Datuna’s “Georgia - hope of millions”. Photo courtesy of the President of Georgia’s Administration.

Georgian-born artist David Datuna has gifted his Georgian flag project named “Georgia – hope of millions” to the Georgian people. The artwork, in the shape and color of the Georgian flag, was created from hundreds of optical lenses of varying magnification that illuminate underlying images of Georgia’s history and political and social culture. The mosaic … Continue reading

About Events – Ethnic Arts Festival “Under One Sky”

Performers at the Ethnic Arts Festival - Under One Sky

An Ethnic Arts Festival – “Under One Sky” (Georgian: მულტიეთნიკური ხელოვნების ფესტივალი – “ერთი ცის ქვეშ”) was held in Tbilisi in November with performances from Georgian, Armenian, Azeri, Kurd, Kist, Ukrainian, Russian, South Ossetian and Greek students living in Georgia. Established in 2008, the festival was founded by Manana Alphaidze, the head of the Composers … Continue reading

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