About Sights – Pastel colored houses and balconies of Tbilisi’s Old Town

Balcony in Tbilisi's Old Town district

Tbilisi’s Old Town (Georgian: ძველი თბილისი) is renowned for its picturesque pastel colored wooden and traditional brick houses with open, carved balconies. The houses are mainly 19th century as much of the city was destroyed by the devastating Persian invasion of 1795. Much of the Old Town has been restored under a scheme introduced by … 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 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 Events – Drifting Show on Metekhi Bridge in Tbilisi

Drifting show on Metekhi Bridge in Tbilisi during the New Year

Drivers from the BMW Club Georgia demonstrated their drifting skills as part of the city’s New Year celebrations. Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires. As a motorsport discipline, professional drifting competitions are held worldwide and are judged according to the speed, … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Alilo Procession in Tbilisi 2015

"Alilo" procession in Tbilisi on 7 January 2015

Georgia marks Christmas according to the Julian Calendar and Christmas Day is celebrated on 7 January. On Christmas Day, Orthodox Christians throughout Georgia take part in a religious procession, called “Alilo”, as part of their Christmas celebrations. Icons, crosses and banners are carried through the streets and gifts are distributed to the needy. The procession was … 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 Dance – Ossetian Folk Dance

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble "Yarn" performing a Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Simd is a graceful Ossetian folk dance that was popular among young people who were traditionally forbidden to meet alone or talk to each other. They were however, allowed to dance together in a formal way, without bodily contact. Long-sleeved “chokhas” for the men and long-sleeved dresses for the women enforced a no-touching rule. … Continue reading

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