About Sights – Vanis Kvabebi Cave Monastery

Vanis Kvabebi cave monastery. Photo courtesy of National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia

Vanis Kvabebi (Georgian: ვანის ქვაბები) is a cave monastery in Samtskhe-Javakheti region near the more famous cave city of Vardzia. Begun in the eighth century, the monastery complex consists of 16 levels of cells, storerooms and stair tunnels.  There are two churches in the complex, including a small domed church that clings to the rock … Continue reading

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 Sights – The Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum

Akhvlediani's desk at the Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum

Elene Akhvlediani (Georgian: ელენე ახვლედიანი) (1898–1975) was a 20th century Georgian painter, graphic artist, costume designer and theater decorator. Akhvlediani is particularly known for her beautiful depictions of Georgian towns. A year after her death, a museum was established in the house that she lived in. The Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum contains over three thousand items related … Continue reading

About Sights – The Martvili Regional Museum

Georgian weapons at the Martvili Regional Museum

Originally opened in 1957 and recently refurbished, the Martvili Regional Museum (Georgian: მარტვილის მუზეუმი) in the town of Martvili (Georgian: მარტვილი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Western Georgia houses a collection of over 55,000 exhibits. The museum’s collection includes items from the early Stone and Bronze Age period, traditional costume, traditional household items, weapons, manuscripts … 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 Sights – Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior

Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior

Built in the 12th-14th centuries, the Tsalenjikha Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Savior (Georgian: წალენჯიხის მაცხოვრის ფერისცვალების საკათედრო ტაძარი) is located in the town of Tsalenjikha (Georgian: წალენჯიხა) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region. The cathedral is a central cross-domed church with a narthex (an entrance or lobby area typical of early Christian and Byzantine churches) … 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 Sights – Church of the Virgin Mary in Birkiani

Church of the Virgin Mary at Birkiani Village

The Georgian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in the village of Birkiani in Akhmeta municipality in Georgia’s Kakheti region was built in the 8th-9th century but has decayed over time and little remains of the original stone construction. Trees have grown on top of the church making it look like it was purposely built in … 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 Sights – Dzveli Shuamta Monastery

Old Shaumta. Photo by Jeron Halewijn

Dzveli (“old”) Shuamta Monastery is located in a small clearing in the middle of a deciduous forest on Tsivgombori Mountain near the city of Telavi in Kakheti region. The Monastery got its name because of its location – “Shuamta’’ means ‘among the mountains’. Prior to their recent restoration, the churches were in a state of neglect. … Continue reading

About Events – The Flower Festival in Tbilisi

The Flower Festival in Tbilisi

The Flower Festival (Georgian: ყვავილების ფესტივალი) in Tbilisi. The festival coincides with the Independence Day celebration (26 May) and is held in Sioni square and Shardeni Street in the Old Town. The streets are filled with beautiful flower displays. All photos courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and … 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 – Alaverdi Cathedral

Alaverdi Cathedral is the second tallest religious building in Georgia

Alaverdi Monastery (Georgian: ალავერდის მონასტერი) is a Georgian Orthodox monastery located near Telavi in the Alazani-River valley in Kakheti region. Founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph Alaverdeli, the monastery dates to the 6th century but the present day cathedral replaces a smaller church and was built in the 11th century by Kvirike III of Kakheti. … Continue reading

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