About Culture – The Memtevri of Ajara

Goderdzi Pass

Ajara (Georgian: აჭარა) is a largely mountainous region in south-west Georgia with areas rising to more than 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) above sea level. Seasonal farming, connected with cattle breeding, has been practiced in the mountains since Paleolithic times. The mountain farmers call themselves “Memtevri” and their cattle and milk products are an important part of the local … 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 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

About Sights – Miracle Park in Batumi

The Ferris wheel in Miracle Park

Miracle Park, in the city of Batumi (Georgian: ბათუმი) on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, is situated on the last stretch of Batumi Seafront Boulevard and contains the Alphabet Tower, the Statue of Love and the Ferris Wheel. It often hosts concerts and festivals, such as Julio Iglesias’s concert in 2011. The 130 meter Alphabet Tower in Miracle … Continue reading

About Sights – Batumi Port

Batumi Port Terminal

The Ancient Greeks established a colony on Georgia’s Black Sea coast at the site of modern day Batumi (Georgian: ბათუმი)  and called it Bathus – derived from the Greek phrase bathus limen meaning “deep harbour”. Located on a bay just northeast of Batumi city. the port of Batumi is an important oil export point providing access to … Continue reading

About Sights – Batumi Art and Music Center

Batumi Art and Music Center_10

Designed by the Georgian architect Lado Khmaladze, the Batumi Art and Music Center opened with a performance of the musical “Keto and Kote” on August 14 2011. How to get there? The Art and Music Center is located in the city of Batumi in Ajara on Georgia’s Black Sea coast. Address: Odissey Dimitriadi str. 1 Georgia About … Continue reading

About Sights – The Green Lake

Green Lake in Adjara

The beautiful Green Lake (Georgian: მწვანე ტბა) is located in the northern part of the Arsiani Range near Beshumi (Georgian: ბეშუმი) in Georgia’s Ajara region. Situated between mountains this beautiful lake is surrounded by spruce and beech trees. The clear and transparent water is slightly mineralized. How to get there? The lake is a 2 … Continue reading

About Sights – Khikhani Fortress

Khikhani Fortress_6 Photo courtesy of Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency of Ajara

Khikhani Fortress (ხიხანის ციხესიმაგრე) in Khulo district of Ajara was built in the 13th century A.D. Inaccessible from three sides, the fortress occupied a strategic position and retained its military function for 700 years. It is believed that the site was originally occupied by a church (the Church of St. George) built in 1230 A.D. … Continue reading

About Sights – Petra Fortress

Petra Fortress_Photo courtesy of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia_1

Petra Fortress (Georgian: პეტრას ციხე) is located in the village of Tsikhisdziri in the Kobuleti district of Ajara. Built during the 6th century A.D., it held an important strategic position at the crossroads of the route linking Georgia with Iran and Armenia. The fortress is one of the most significant monuments on the entire eastern coast … Continue reading

About Sights – Gonio Fortress

Photo courtesy of the Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency of Ajara

Gonio fortress (Georgian: გონიოს ციხე) is a well preserved Roman fortification in Ajara, on the Black sea coast. Located on the left bank of the River Chorokhi the fortress is 12 km south of Batumi and just 4 km from the border with Turkey. The site is believed to hold the tomb of the Apostle Mathew … Continue reading

About Sights – The Medieval Stone Bridges of Ajara

Chvana (Varjanuli) Stone Arch Bridge in Shuakhevi District of Ajara

By the Middle Ages, Ajara (Georgian: აჭარა), in the south western part of Georgia, formed part of a strong feudal kingdom and many roads and stone bridges were built during this period. The beauty of Ajara’s medieval stone bridges makes them as significant as the mighty fortresses, monuments, and churches that are also spread around … Continue reading

About Sights – 19th Century Mosques in Ajara

Khala Mosque in the village of Khala in Kobuleti District, Ajara

Ajara (Georgian: აჭარა) is an autonomous republic of Georgia located in the southwestern corner of the country, bordered by Turkey to the south and the eastern end of the Black Sea. According to 2006 estimates by the Department of Statistics of Ajara, 30% of Ajara’s population are Muslim. Islam spread to Ajara as a consequence of the Ottoman Empire’s occupation … Continue reading

About Food – Acharuli (Ajarian Khachapuri)

Khachapuri (Georgian: ხაჭაპური), is a filled bread stuffed with melting cheese. It is justifiably considered to be one of Georgia’s most famous national dishes. In an earlier article we described three of the most popular types and gave a step-by-step guide on how khachapuri dough is made. Find it here. In this article we will show how to … Continue reading