Self-taught Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani (Niko Pirosmanashvili) (Georgian: ნიკო ფიროსმანი) produced an immense number of paintings, many of which have been lost over time. Posthumously, his reputation grew when his naïve style became admired in the art circles of Paris after the end of the First World War. Naïve art is a classification of art that is often characterized by a childlike … Continue reading
Prince Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin (1811-1893) was a Russian painter, military officer and administrator who served in Tiflis (Tbilisi) during the years of 1848-1855. During his tenure he built a theater in the city, frescoed the Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral, and restored frescoes of several Georgian Orthodox cathedrals, including the Betania monastery. Gagarin’s paintings of women in … Continue reading
Law enforcement and revenue officers from Georgia completed an extensive K-9 narcotics detection training course in the United States and have now begun working at Tbilisi International Airport. The service dogs and their handlers were trained with the support of the US Drug Enforcement Agency and Park Police. The US Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, … Continue reading
This selection of photos were taken by Erhard K in 1977 for a photo travel report. Photographed in color, they provide a fascinating glimpse of everyday life in Soviet-era Georgia, as well panoramic shots of Tbilisi landmarks and photos of cars, trucks and buses. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on … Continue reading
A set of cards depicting people from late 19th century Tbilisi. The “Old Tbilisi” cards were drawn by Georgian artist M. Hubashvili and published by “Helovneba” in 1976. The complete set is reproduced below. 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.
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
Kutaisi Airport, also known as David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport, is operated by United Airports of Georgia and was extensively renovated in 2011. It re-opened in September 2012. Located 14 km (8.7 mi) west of Kutaisi in the western region of Imereti, the airport’s terminal building and air traffic control tower were designed by … Continue reading
Located near Tbilisi Sea, the “History of Georgia” monument was created by the Georgian sculptor Zurab Konstantines dze Tsereteli (Georgian: ზურაბ კონსტანტინეს ძე წერეთელი). The monument chronicles Georgian history. The top part of the 30 meter tall columns feature kings, queens and heroes and the bottom part depict stories from the life of Christ. Construction … Continue reading
The Zhiuli Shartava Senaki Museum in the town of Senaki (Georgian: სენაკი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region contains a collection of over 2,000 items from the Late Bronze Age up to the 20th century. Museum address: 150, Shota Rustaveli Str., 4100, Senaki Opening hours: Everyday, except Monday, 10.00 – 18.00. Entrance is free. CLICK on the logo … Continue reading
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.
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
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.
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
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
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