About Art – Paintings of Georgian Women by Prince Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin

Prince Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin (1811-1893) was a Russian painter, military officer and administrator who served in Tiflis (Tbilisi) during the years of 1848-1855. During his tenure he built a theater in the city, frescoed the Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral, and restored frescoes of several Georgian Orthodox cathedrals, including the Betania monastery. Gagarin’s paintings of women in … Continue reading

About History – Photographs of 1970’s Georgia

This selection of photos were taken by Erhard K in 1977 for a photo travel report. Photographed in color, they provide a fascinating glimpse of everyday life in Soviet-era Georgia, as well panoramic shots of Tbilisi landmarks and photos of cars, trucks and buses. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on … Continue reading

About Art – Old Tbilisi by Georgian Artist M. Hubashvili

A set of cards depicting people from late 19th century Tbilisi. The “Old Tbilisi” cards were drawn by Georgian artist M. Hubashvili and published by “Helovneba” in 1976. The complete set is reproduced below. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about Georgia. Click LIKE on the page and become a friend of GEORGIA ABOUT.

About Sights – The Palace of King Erekle II in Telavi

“Batonis Tsikhe” (fortress of master) in Telavi (Georgian: თელავი) in Kakheti region is considered to be the best preserved medieval royal palace in Georgia. Built by King Archil in 1667-1675, it was the residence of Kakhetian kings during the 17th and 18th centuries. The site was expanded in the second half of the 18th century by King Erekle II (Georgian: … Continue reading

About History – Camels in 19th Century Tiflis

Situated at the juncture of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Tiflis (Tbilisi) was an important trade and transit route that provided the shortest and most convenient way of bridging the two continents. For centuries, long colorful caravans of camels, donkeys and horses brought silk and other exotic merchandise to the bazaars of Tiflis. Merchants stabled their animals, stored … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Didgoroba

The Battle of Didgori (Georgian: დიდგორის ბრძოლა) was one of the most decisive battles in Georgian history. Georgian King David IV’s victory and subsequent reconquest of Tbilisi, which had been under Muslim rule for over four centuries, liberated the entire region from Muslim influence and marked the beginning of the medieval Georgian Golden Age. The event is commemorated each … Continue reading

About Sights – Tsinandali 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 Sights – Vanis Kvabebi Cave Monastery

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

About History – Water Collectors of 19th Century Tiflis

The water from the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi was used for drinking, sanitation and irrigation from the earliest times of the founding of the city. In 1862, a small centralized filtered water supply network, known as the Korganovi Enterprise, was created but most of the city’s inhabitants continued to rely on unfiltered water collected from the … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Independence Day 2014

On 26 May 1918, in the midst of the Russian Civil War, Georgia declared independence and The Democratic Republic of Georgia was created. The flag of independent Georgia (Georgian: საქართველოს სახელმწიფო დროშა), also known as the Five Cross Flag (Georgian: ხუთჯვრიანი დროშა) was adopted in January 2004. The day is a national holiday and celebrations … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Saint Andrew’s Day

May 12 is an official holiday in Georgia and marks the day that the Apostle Andrew the First-Called arrived in Georgia, in present-day Ajara region. St. Andrew was the first of the apostles of Jesus Christ. The church tradition of Georgia regards St. Andrew as the first preacher of Christianity in Georgia and as the founder … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Victory Day

Victory Day, held annually on 9 May, is a national holiday in Georgia and many former Soviet Union countries. It commemorates the formal surrender of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in Berlin in May 1945 and marks the end of the Great Patriotic War for the USSR, which lost around 25 million citizens in … Continue reading

About Art – The Photography of David Guramishvili

Georgian artist and amateur photographer David Guramishvili (1857-1926) entered the Academy of Arts in Munich in 1886 where he became interested in photography, especially of life in the streets. These photographs are part of a series called ‘Bazaar’ and were taken in Tiflis (the name for Tbilisi during the time of the Russian Empire). CLICK on … Continue reading

About History – Georgian Maneti

The maneti (მანეთი) was the currency of the Democratic Republic of Georgia (საქართველოს დემოკრატიული რესპუბლიკა), which was established in May 1918 after the collapse of the Russian Empire and existed until February 1921 when the country was invaded by the Soviet Red Army. The maneti was subdivided into 100 kapeiki (კაპეიკი). Only banknotes were issued and each note bears a facsimile of the signature of … Continue reading

About Achievements – Alexander Kartveli

Alexander Kartveli, born Alexander Kartvelishvili, (Georgian: ალექსანდრე ქართველიშვილი) 1896–1974) is considered to be one of the most important aircraft designers in US history and the world. Born in Tbilisi, he moved to the U.S.A. in 1928 to design fighter aircraft. His major projects included the design of the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane used by the … Continue reading

About History – The Golden Treasure of Vani

Colchis (Georgian: კოლხეთი) was an ancient Georgian kingdom in Western Georgia known in Greek mythology as the destination of Jason and the Argonauts in their quest for the Golden Fleece. Renowned as a region rich in gold, the excavation of a series of rich burials and other discoveries at the town of Vani (Georgian: ვანი) … Continue reading