About Events – Egrisoba Festival

The Egrisoba 2015 festival (Georgian: ეგრისობა – 2015) was held at Nokalakevi fortress (Georgian: ნოქალაქევი) in Senaki municipality, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region. Revived in 2014 after a 26 year pause, the autumn celebration includes folk song, traditional dance performances, flower and fruit displays, arts and crafts exhibitions, horse racing, and food and wine. Photos courtesy of Senaki … Continue reading

About Events – “Song about Samegrelo” Festival

Held on October 2-3 in the town of Khobi (Georgian: ხობი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, the “Song about Samegrelo” Festival featured traditional folk singing, local cuisine, and art and crafts exhibits. Now in its seventh year, the festival is organized by the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Governor’s Office, the Khobi Municipality and supported by the Ministry of … Continue reading

About Sights – Martvili Canyons

The Martvili Canyons (Georgian: მარტვილის კანიონი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region are named after the nearby town of Martvili. The spectacular canyons, caves and waterfalls were formed over time by the Abasha River and feature beautiful green and blue colors. A boatman can be hired to take you through the quieter stretches of the canyons. How … Continue reading

About Art – Paintings of Svaneti by Davit Kakabadze

In 1939, Georgian artist Davit Kakabadze (Georgian: დავით კაკაბაძე) (1889 – 1952) produced a very fine series of paintings of the medieval fortified towers in Georgia’s Svaneti region.  A talented artist, Kakabadze was also an innovator in the field of cinematography as well as an amateur photographer. Davit Kakabadze’s paintings recount the stories he heard … Continue reading

About Sights – Zhiuli Shartava Senaki Museum

The Zhiuli Shartava Senaki Museum in the town of Senaki (Georgian: სენაკი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region contains a collection of over 2,000 items from the Late Bronze Age up to the 20th century. Museum address: 150, Shota Rustaveli Str., 4100, Senaki Opening hours: Everyday, except Monday, 10.00 – 18.00. Entrance is free. CLICK on the logo … Continue reading

About Sights – The Martvili Regional Museum

Originally opened in 1957 and recently refurbished, the Martvili Regional Museum (Georgian: მარტვილის მუზეუმი) in the town of Martvili (Georgian: მარტვილი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Western Georgia houses a collection of over 55,000 exhibits. The museum’s collection includes items from the early Stone and Bronze Age period, traditional costume, traditional household items, weapons, manuscripts … Continue reading

About Sights – The Egrisi Mountain Range

The Egrisi mountain range is a watershed ridge of the Inguri (Georgian: ენგური) and Tskhenistkali rivers situated in the Greater Caucasus Mountains in Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (Georgian: სამეგრელო-ზემო სვანეთი). It reaches a maximum elevation of 3,173 meters at Mount Tsekuri. Forests of broad-leaved trees, such as oak and beech, grow on the slopes of … Continue reading

About History – Photographs of Zugdidi in the 1930’s

Zugdidi (Georgian: ზუგდიდი) is the capital of the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region in western Georgia. The name “Zugdidi” means “big/great hill”. The following photographs show how it looked during Soviet times in the 1930’s. Photos courtesy of Zugdidi Municipality. 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 … Continue reading

About Sights – Nokalakevi Fortress

Nokalakevi (Georgian: ნოქალაქევი) is an archaeological site consisting of the remains of 4-6th century A.D fortress in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Georgia. Occupying some 20 ha, the site was known to early Byzantine historians as Archaeopolis, and to Georgian chroniclers as Tsikhegoji (“Fortress of Kuji”). Occupying a strategic position in a loop of the Tekhuri River, … Continue reading