About Architecture – Lazika Pier Sculpture

Lazika Pier Sculpture. Photo by Marcus Buck.

Completed at the end of 2012, the Lazika Pier Sculpture was intended to mark the beginning of the development of a new city that was to be called Lazika (Georgian: ლაზიკა). Designed by J. Mayer H. Architects the 31 meter high sculpture is located on Georgia’s Black Sea coast at the end of a one hundred … Continue reading

About Sights – The Egrisi Mountain Range

Lake Tobavarchkhili. Photo by Goga Khachidze.

The Egrisi mountain range is a watershed ridge of the Inguri (Georgian: ენგური) and Tskhenistkali rivers situated in the Greater Caucasus Mountains in Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (Georgian: სამეგრელო-ზემო სვანეთი). It reaches a maximum elevation of 3,173 meters at Mount Tsekuri. Forests of broad-leaved trees, such as oak and beech, grow on the slopes of … Continue reading

About Sights – Astronomical Clock in Batumi

Astronomical Clock in Europe Square in Batumi

Made in Germany, the Astronomical Clock in Europe Square in the city of Batumi (Georgian: ბათუმი) adorns the restored facade of the former National Bank building. A chime indicates the full hour, a single ring the half-hour. Apart from the time of day, the clock also shows astronomical information – the placement of the sun and … Continue reading

About Architecture – Vernacular Architecture of Tusheti

Traditional Tushetian balconied house (“Karseani”).

Located on the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, Tusheti (Georgian: თუშეთი) is famous for its fortress-houses and fortified towers. Its vernacular architecture is based on local needs and construction materials and traditional dwellings were largely built using dry construction methods with stone walls and roofs made from large natural slates. Timber work was … Continue reading

About Sights – Medea Monument in Batumi

The Medea monument in winter

The Medea monument in Batumi was designed by Davit Khmaladze and erected in Europe Square in 2007. In Greek mythology, Medea was a daughter of King Aieti (Georgian: აიეტი), the king of Kolkheti in present day western Georgia. Medea helped Jason to steal the legendary Golden Fleece (Georgian: ოქროს საწმისი). The Kolkhetian people developed an expertise in the smelting … Continue reading

About Culture – Kote Marjanishvili State Academic Drama Theatre

Advertising performances at the Kote Marjanishvili State Academic Drama Theatre

The Kote Marjanishvili State Academic Drama Theatre (Georgian: კოტე მარჯანიშვილის სახელობის სახელმწიფო აკადემიური დრამატული თეატრი) was founded by the great theatre director and reformer of Georgian theatre Kote Marjanishvili (Georgian: კონსტანტინე [კოტე] მარჯანიშვილი). Originally established in Kutaisi in 1928, it moved to its current location in Tbilisi in 1930. The theatre building was renovated and reopened … Continue reading

About Sights – Kazbegi National Park

Truso Gorge in Kazbegi National Park

Kazbegi National Park (Georgian: ყაზბეგის ეროვნული პარკი) is located in the Greater Caucasus Mountains in northern Georgia and covers an area of 8707 hectares. Mountainous and rugged, it contains spectacular gorges and canyons carved from the rock by the Tergi River (Georgian: თერგი). The park contains Georgia’s third highest peak – Mount Kazbegi (Georgian: ყაზბეგის მყინვარწვერი) (5,047 … Continue reading

About Architecture – Batumi Air Traffic Control Tower

Batumi Air Navigation Tower - Copy

The air traffic control tower in Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast was put into service in May 2007. Batumi airport serves both domestic and international flights and its control tower is equipped with the latest navigation systems. Digital screens were installed on the control tower’s facade in 2012, permitting display of various graphical and digital images, advertisements … Continue reading

About Sights – Ajara State Museum of Art

Ajara State Art Museum_2

The Ajara State Museum of Art (Georgian: აჭარის ხელოვნების სახელმწიფო მუზეუმი) in Batumi was founded in 1998 and houses a collection of paintings, sculptures,graphic works and decorative art by Georgian and foreign artists. The museum’s 500 exhibits include paintings by famous Georgian artists such as Niko Pirosmani, Lado Gudiashvili and Elene Akhvlediani. The post-1950 collection, by contemporary … Continue reading

About Sights – The Leaning Clock Tower in Tbilisi

Leaning Clock Tower in Tbilisi

The leaning clock tower is located next to the Gabriadze theater (Georgian: შავთელის ქუჩა, გაბრიაძის თეატრი) in Tbilisi’s old town. The clock tower was created by the renowned Georgian puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze. On the hour, a window opens at the top and an angel strikes the bell. Below the clock, a screen opens and shows the … Continue reading

About Sights – Deda Ena

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April 14 is the Day of the Mother Tongue – Georgian language – in Georgia. On 14 April 1978 the Georgian people protested against the decision of the central soviet authorities to revoke the status of Georgian (as one of the minor languages in the Soviet Union) as a state language and replace it with … Continue reading

About Architecture – 19th century Megrelian “Sajalabo” House

19th century Megrelian Sajalabo House

This early 19th century Sajalabo house was dismantled piece by piece from its location in the village of Ontopo in Samegrelo region and rebuilt at the Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography (Georgian: გიორგი ჩიტაიას სახელობის ეთნოგრაფიული მუზეუმი ღია ცის ქვეშ) in Tbilisi. A typical Sajalabo house was a one-room windowless structure with an earthen … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Bidzinaoba Celebration

Bidzinaoba Festival Banner

The Bidzinaoba celebration (Georgian: ბიძინაობა) is held annually on 1 October in Akhmeta (Georgian: ახმეტა) in Kakheti region. The celebration honors Bidzina Cholokashvili (Georgian: ბიძინა ჩოლოყაშვილი) (died c. 1660), a Christian martyr canonized by the Georgian Orthodox Church. Cholokashvili was one of the leaders of the Bakhtrioni Uprising and was tortured and killed for refusing … Continue reading

About Sights – Narikala Castle at Night

Narikala Fortress illuminated at night

Narikala (Georgian: ნარიყალა) is an ancient fortress on a steep hill overlooking the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. At night, the walls and towers of this imposing castle are illuminated, creating a dramatic backdrop to the balconied houses of the Old Town. The fortress overlooks the bow shaped Bridge of Peace (Georgian: მშვიდობის ხიდი) pedestrian bridge that spans the Mtkvari … Continue reading

About Sights – The Orta Mosque in Batumi

The Orta Mosque (Georgian: ორთა ჯამე) in Batumi

The Orta Mosque (Georgian: ორთა ჯამე) in the city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast was commissioned by Aslan Beg Khimshiashvili, a Muslim Georgian nobleman in 1886, and is one of the finest examples of Islamic art in Ajara. The mosque is popularly known as the “Jamia in the middle” for it once stood in … Continue reading

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