About Sights – 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 meters).
One of only two crossings of the Caucasus mountain range is located in the park. The Dariali Gorge (Georgian: დარიალის ხეობა) served as a hub point for roads connecting the North and South Caucasus and was immortalized in Russian poetry, by Lermontov in The Demon. It has become known as one of the most romantic places in the Caucasus.
The park contains several historical sites, including medieval fortified villages, stone towers and churches.
The park is rich in wildlife, including East Caucasian Tur, chamois, Brown bear, lynx, Golden eagle and griffon vulture.
Geological features include travertines, a form of limestone deposited by geothermal springs.
The park is especially beautiful in winter.
Photos courtesy of Kazbegi National Park.
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