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 History – The First Printed Book in Georgian

A portrait of Niceforo Irbachi from the travel album of Cristoforo Castelli

The first printed book in Georgian was published in Rome in 1629 by Niceforo Irbachi (Nicholas Irubakidze-Cholokashvili) (Georgian: ნიკოლოზ ჩოლოყაშვილი; ნიკოლოზ ირუბაქიძე-ჩოლოყაშვილი), a Georgian Orthodox priest, politician and diplomat. The book was a Georgian Alphabet with prayers, which was later accompanied with a Georgian – Italian dictionary. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos … Continue reading

About Art – Illustrations for “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” by Datto Machavariani

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Illustrations for an edition of the Georgian epic poem “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” (Georgian: ვეფხისტყაოსანი), drawn by Georgian artist Datto Machavariani and published by Bakur Sulakauri Publishing House in 2011. “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” poem was written in the 12th century by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli (Georgian: შოთა რუსთაველი) and … Continue reading

About Literature – The Knight in the Panther’s Skin

Illustration from an edition of The Knight in a Panther's Skin

The Knight in the Panther’s Skin (Georgian: ვეფხისტყაოსანი) is an epic poem written in the 12th century by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli (Georgian: შოთა რუსთაველი). Consisting of 1666 stanzas and 6500 lines, its story embodies the medieval knightly ideals of chivalry, friendship, courtly love and courage. Dedicated to Tamar the Great (Georgian: თამარი) it … Continue reading

About Literature – Nikoloz Baratashvili

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Nikoloz Baratashvili (Georgian: ნიკოლოზ ბარათაშვილი) was a Georgian poet, affectionately known as Tato (ტატო). Born in Tiflis (Tbilisi) in 1817, Baratashvili died of malaria in Ganja, in Azerbaijan, at the age of 26. Unpublished at the time of his death, his poetry did not receive its deserved recognition until later in the 19th century when … Continue reading

About Literature – Vazha-Pshavela

Exterior of Vazha-Pshavela House Museum

Vazha-Pshavela (pseudonym of Luka Razikashvili) is considered to be one of the greatest Georgian poets. As a nature admirer, Vazha-Pshavela knows no comparison in Georgian poetry. His finest works are considered to be the tragic narrative poems “Host and Guest” (1893) and “The Snake-Eater” (1901) that combine Caucasian folk myth with human tragedy. You can find an English … Continue reading