About Heritage – Cultural Map of Georgia

Cultural Map of Georgia

This map of Georgia depicts cultural sites and people of the Georgian regions in national clothing (past and present). Click on the map to see a larger version. Map courtesy of the Public Movement “Multinational Georgia.” CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.

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 Tourism – Tourist Maps of Georgia

Soviet-era tourist map of Georgia

Examples of tourist maps of Georgia from the Soviet-era and present day. Click on the pictures for a larger image. Click on the picture for a larger image. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.

About Sights – Borjomi Museum of Local History

Mineral water exhibits in the Borjomi Museum of Local History

The Borjomi Museum of Local History (Georgian: ბორჯომის მხარეთმცოდნეობის მუზეუმი) in the resort town of Borjomi (Georgian: ბორჯომი) in Samtskhe-Javakheti region is housed in the building initially designed as the chancellery of the Imperial House of the Romanovs. Pseudo-Gothic in style, it was built in 1890 by the German architect-designer V. Shveier. The museum is one of the … Continue reading

About Events – Art and Music in Rike Park

Art Exhibition in Rike Park

Rike Park (Georgian: რიყის პარკი), on the left bank of the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi, was the venue for a recent Spring art competition. Visitors were able to enjoy a fabulous display of art. Rike Park contains the new concert hall/exhibition center designed by Massimiliano Fuksas. Rike Park also contains the Bridge of Peace, seen … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Independence Day 2014

Celebrating Independence Day. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Energy

On 26 May 1918, in the midst of the Russian Civil War, Georgia declared independence and The Democratic Republic of Georgia was created. The flag of independent Georgia (Georgian: საქართველოს სახელმწიფო დროშა), also known as the Five Cross Flag (Georgian: ხუთჯვრიანი დროშა) was adopted in January 2004. The day is a national holiday and celebrations … Continue reading

About Events – New Wine Festival Tbilisi 2014

New Wine Festival at Tbilisi Ethnographic Museum

On May 24, the Georgian Wine Club hosted the annual New Wine Festival held at the Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography (Georgian: გიორგი ჩიტაიას სახელობის ეთნოგრაფიული მუზეუმი ღია ცის ქვეშ) in Tbilisi. The festival featured a wide range of wines from large companies and wine cellars as well as family wines from different … Continue reading

About Sights – Jvari Monastery

Jvari Monastery near Mtskheta. Photo courtesy of EPA EU Neighbourhood - Copy

Built in the 6th century, Jvari Monastery (Georgian: ჯვარი, ჯვრის მონასტერი) stands on a mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking Mtskheta, the former capital of Georgia. The monastery was built on the site of a large wooden cross erected by Saint Nino (Georgian: წმინდა ნინო) in the early 4th century. … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Victory Day

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Victory Day, held annually on 9 May, is a national holiday in Georgia and many former Soviet Union countries. It commemorates the formal surrender of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in Berlin in May 1945 and marks the end of the Great Patriotic War for the USSR, which lost around 25 million citizens in … Continue reading

About Sights – Khudadov Forest in Tbilisi

Tree blossom in Khudadov Forest

Khudadov forest is located in Nadzaladevi District of Tbilisi and was created in 1893 on the initiative of Dr. Niko Khudadov, an ethnic Armenian and a member of Tbilisi Municipal Administration. The 40 hectare forest was officially opened in 1896 and was intended to be a recreational area for Tbilisi workers. The forest is populated with pine … 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 Law Enforcement – Border Police of Georgia

Polaris all-terrain vehicles of  Georgia’s Border Police

The MIA Border Police of Georgia (Georgian: შსს საქართველოს სასაზღვრო პოლიცია) is a special service and law enforcement agency under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and is responsible for the protection of the State border. Georgia has borders totaling 1839 km with four countries (Republic of Turkey, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Azerbaijan … Continue reading

About Art – The Photography of David Guramishvili

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Georgian artist and amateur photographer David Guramishvili (1857-1926) entered the Academy of Arts in Munich in 1886 where he became interested in photography, especially of life in the streets. These photographs are part of a series called ‘Bazaar’ and were taken in Tiflis (the name for Tbilisi during the time of the Russian Empire). CLICK on … Continue reading

About History – Georgian Maneti

500 maneti banknote issued in 1919

The maneti (მანეთი) was the currency of the Democratic Republic of Georgia (საქართველოს დემოკრატიული რესპუბლიკა), which was established in May 1918 after the collapse of the Russian Empire and existed until February 1921 when the country was invaded by the Soviet Red Army. The maneti was subdivided into 100 kapeiki (კაპეიკი). Only banknotes were issued and each note bears a facsimile of the signature of … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Dyeing Eggs Red for Orthodox Easter

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On Good Friday, Orthodox Christians in Georgia dye hard boiled eggs a red color using the root of the Madder plant and onion peel. The eggs represent the blood of Christ and are placed on green wheat grass, which symbolizes new life, resurrection, and eternity. The eggs are blessed in a church and on Easter … Continue reading

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