About Events – Miss Chinese Cosmos Pageant visits Georgia

Miss Chinese Cosmos Pageant photo shoot at Tbilisi's Bridge of Peace

Sixteen semi-finalists of the Miss Chinese Cosmos Pageant 2015 travelled to Tbilisi in September for a photo shoot at Tbilisi’s Bridge of Peace. The young Chinese women wore Georgian national costumes and learned traditional Georgian dancing. The trip was organised by the Georgian National Tourism Administration together with the Hualing Group Georgia investment group. The visit was … Continue reading

About History – Photographs of Tbilisi in 1976

Shoppers in a Tbilisi street in 1976

In 1976, the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic was part of the USSR. During the Soviet rule, the country’s capital, Tbilisi, became more industrialised and its population grew significantly. The following black and white photographs, taken in Tbilisi in 1976, reveal glimpses of city life during Soviet times. Photo source: Tbilisi Week CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA … Continue reading

About Sights – Tbilisi’s Old Town District

Tbilisi's Old Town District. Photo by Georgia About

Tbilisi’s Old Town (Georgian: ძველი თბილისი) is one of the oldest parts of the city and nestles on the mountainside under 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 open, carved … Continue reading

About Sights – Martvili Canyons

Martvili Canyons. Photo by Migawki z podróży

The Martvili Canyons (Georgian: მარტვილის კანიონი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region are named after the nearby town of Martvili. The spectacular canyons, caves and waterfalls were formed over time by the Abasha River and feature beautiful green and blue colors. A boatman can be hired to take you through the quieter stretches of the canyons. How … Continue reading

About Development – Dartlo Village Restoration

Dartlo Village in Tusheti

Historic Dartlo village – located in Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) in north-eastern Georgia – is the focus of new restoration work that will repair many of the buildings in the village and restore traditional features, such as slate roofs. The restoration of 28 houses within the current stage is set to be completed later this year. … Continue reading

About Events – “Tbilisi 2015” – European Youth Olympic Festival

Tbilisi 2015 - European Youth Olympic Festival

“Tbilisi 2015” – European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) will take place in the capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi, between 26 July and 1 August 2015. Nine sports are on the programme – Artistic Gymnastics; Athletics; Basketball; Cycling; Handball; Judo; Swimming; Tennis; and Volleyball. 4,000 athletes aged 13-18 will be accommodated in the newly built “New … Continue reading

About Tbilisi – Tbilisi’s deadly flood

Tbilisi Flood Photo by Tbilisi City Hall

On the evening of June 13, a deadly flood tore into Tbilisi sweeping away houses and their inhabitants. At the time of writing, nineteen people are known to have died. It is believed that the flooding was caused by heavy rain and major landslides in two locations near Tskneti and Betania, not far from Tbilisi. … Continue reading

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


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