About Sights – Borjomi Aerial Tramway

Borjomi Aerial Tramway

Opened in August 2005, the Borjomi ropeway connects Borjomi town with the mountain above. Borjomi (Georgian: ბორჯომი) is a resort town in the picturesque Borjomi Gorge in south-central Georgia, famous for its mineral water industry. The aerial tramway journey takes just over 3 minutes and provides spectacular views of the town and Borjomi Gorge. The … Continue reading

About Sights – Signagi

The town of Signagi. Photo by Roberto Strauss via Flickr.

Situated on steep hills overlooking the Alazani Valley and facing the Greater Caucasus Mountains, the town of Signagi (Georgian: სიღნაღი), in Georgia’s easternmost region of Kakheti, is a popular destination for tourists. In recent years, the town has been transformed by reconstruction and building. The town is known for its carpet weaving, wine production, metal … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Mariamoba

Gergeti Trinity Church (Georgian: წმინდა სამება). Photo by Roberto Strauss via Wikimedia Commons

August 28 is Mariamoba (Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin) (Georgian: მარიამობა) in Georgia. It is one of the greatest holy days and Orthodox Christians will visit a church, pray and light candles. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of … Continue reading

About Sights – The Highest Restaurant in Svaneti

Zuruldi is the highest restaurant in Svaneti

Situated at a height of 2340 m, the Zuruldi restaurant near the town of Mestia is the highest restaurant in Georgia’s Svaneti region (Georgian: სვანეთი). The restaurant is a popular venue for visitors to the Hatsvali Mountain Ski Resort. The views from the restaurant are breathtaking. How to get there? By car or minibus from the … Continue reading

About Sights – Kintrishi Protected Areas

Arch stone bridge at Kobalauri village.

The Kintrishi Protected Areas (Georgian: კინტრიშის დაცული ტერიტორიები) are located between the Black Sea and the mountain system of Achara-Imereti in the gorge of the Kintrishi River in Georgia’s Ajara region. It consists mainly of mountains and gorges covered with forests of beech, chestnut, hornbeam, oak, and silver fir. Kintrishi Protected Areas covers 18 893 hectares and consists … Continue reading

About Sights – Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Panorama Trail in the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Covering more than 85,000 hectares of native forest and alpine meadows, the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park (Georgian: ბორჯომ-ხარაგაულის ეროვნული პარკი) in central Georgia is one of the largest National Parks in Europe. In Medieval times the area covered by the park was used by Georgian nobles for hunting. The park was created with the support of the World … Continue reading

About Architecture – Contemporary Styled Restaurant at Sataplia

Restaurant at the Sataplia Nature Reserve

The stunning, contemporary styled restaurant at the Sataplia Nature Reserve in Tskaltubo district, near Kutaisi (Georgian: ქუთაისი), in Imereti region was designed by Georgian architects “TOURBILLION”. The Sataplia Nature Reserve was set up in 1935 to protect the five caves and dinosaur footprints found in the area. Sataplia means ‘place of honey’. The restaurant, together … Continue reading

About Sights – Chachuna Managed Reserve

Chachuna Managed Reserve

Established in 1965, the 5200 hectares Chachuna Managed Reserve (Georgian: ჭაჭუნას აღკვეთილი) is located near the border with Azerbaijan in the south-eastern part of Georgia. The landscape is mainly arid and semi-arid but also contains a wetland area. Wildlife watching, botanical, photographic and environmental tours can be arranged and visitors can rent a tent and sleeping … Continue reading

About Sights – Mtirala National Park

Mtirala National Park

Established in 2007, Mtirala National Park (Georgian: მტირალას ეროვნული პარკი) is situated in Georgia’s Ajara region, between the Black Sea and the western part of the Adjara Mountain Range. Covering 15,698 hectares, the park was created to preserve the Colchic type of mixed beech, lime, chestnut, alder and hornbeam and beech forests. With an average … Continue reading

About Sights – Romanov Palace in Likani

Romanov Palace

The Romanov Palace (also known as Likani Palace) was designed by Leopold Bilfeldt as a summer mansion for Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich of Russia. Built by the famous architect Leonti Nikolajewitsch Benois (Leon Benoise) between the years of 1892-95, the palace is situated on the bank of the Mtkvari River in Likani (Georgian: ლიკანი) in Samtskhe-Javakheti region. … Continue reading

About Development – K-9 Unit at Tbilisi International Airport

K-9 Unit at Tbilisi International Airport

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

About Achievements – Georgian Song in Space

Solar System

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

About Sights – Tsinandali Museum

Tsinandali Palace Museum

Tsinandali (Georgia: წინანდალი) was the home of 19th-century aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze (Georgian: ალექსანდრე ჭავჭავაძე) (1786–1846). Constructed in the style of an Italianate palace in 1835, the house and its gardens became a museum in 1947. Chavchavadze was a member of the Georgian nobility and during his life he was a writer, military leader, diplomat, public figure and inventor. A … Continue reading

About Travel – David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport

David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport. Photo © nakanimamasakhlisi courtesy of UNStudio

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

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

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