About Food – Fried Potatoes with Svanetian Salt

Fried Potatoes with Svanetian Salt

In this recipe we show how to make fried potatoes flavored with herbs and Svanetian salt. Svanetian salt (Georgian: სვანური მარილი), from Svaneti region in the mountainous north-western part of Georgia, has a unique fragrance and taste and is traditionally used as a flavoring for a variety of meat, fish, potato and soup dishes as well … Continue reading

About Art – Paintings of Svaneti by Davit Kakabadze

Svaneti by Davit Kakabadze. Painted in 1939.

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 – The Highest Restaurant in Svaneti

Zuruldi is the highest restaurant in Svaneti

Situated at a height of 2340 m, the Zuruldi restaurant near the town of Mestia is the highest restaurant in Georgia’s Svaneti region (Georgian: სვანეთი). The restaurant is a popular venue for visitors to the Hatsvali Mountain Ski Resort. The views from the restaurant are breathtaking. How to get there? By car or minibus from the … Continue reading

About History – Photographs of 19th Century Svaneti

Village of Chazhashi (Ushguli) where two streams come together. 1890. Photo courtesy Fondazione Sella, Biella

During the period 1889-1896, the famous mountain-climber and pioneer of photography, Count Vittorio Sella made a number of climbs in the Caucasus Mountains in the Svaneti region of Georgia and photographed the remote fortified communities that were virtually hidden from the world. Svaneti (Georgian: სვანეთი) is situated on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus mountains in the northwestern … Continue reading

About Food – Svanetian Khachapuri

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Khachapuri (Georgian: ხაჭაპური) is considered to be one of Georgia’s most famous national dishes and several of Georgia’s regions have their own distinctive type. In this recipe we show how to make a khachapuri filled with cheese and green onions. This type of khachapuri comes from Georgia’s Svaneti region (Georgian: სვანეთი). Ingredients (for the filling – for 3 servings): … Continue reading

About Food – Kubdari

Kubdari

Kubdari (Georgian: კუბდარი) is a meat filled pastry that originates from Georgia’s Svaneti region, where it is also called ‘kuptaari’. It can be made with either beef or pork but the most popular version uses both. It should be made with cut meat and not minced meat. Ingredients (filling): 500 grams of pork, 500 grams … Continue reading

About Events – Lamproba Celebration

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Lamproba (Georgian: ლამპრობა (სვან. ლიმპჲარ, დეცეშ ლამპრობ, სუიმნიშ, სუიმნიშლამპრობ) is an old celebration that has been preserved in the Svaneti region of Georgia. Traditionally held annually on 1 February it marks the time between winter and spring and asks for good weather, fertile reproduction of animals and people and a good harvest. Birch and oak … Continue reading

About Food – Svanetian Salt

Hand Mixed Svanetian Salt

Svanetian salt (Georgian: სვანური მარილი), from Svaneti region in the mountainous north-western part of Georgia, has a unique fragrance and taste and is traditionally used as a flavoring for a variety of meat, fish, potato and soup dishes as well as a condiment instead of table salt. The salt mixture is handmade from 8 ingredients. Ingredients: … Continue reading

About Sights – Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography

Panoramic View of Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography in Mestia

After a two year restoration, the Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography (Georgian: სვანეთის ისტორიის და ეთნოგრაფიის მუზეუმი) re-opened its doors for visitors on July 1st 2013. The museum was established in 1936 and initially housed a small collection but in 1948 it benefited from an expedition to Svaneti, headed by the famous Georgian art historian Giorgi … Continue reading

About History – “Savage Svânetia” by Clive Phillipps-Wolley

Village of Czirmichi (original caption)

“Savage Svânetia”, by Clive Phillipps-Wolley, was published in 1883 and describes the author’s experience of travelling in Svaneti in the late 19th century. Though it has a hunting focus, the book also vividly describes life and culture in this mountainous region in the northwestern part of Georgia. The book has several wonderful illustrations of the mountains, … Continue reading

About History – Photographs of Vittorio Sella

The Svan family of Gelovani

In 1889-1896 the famous mountain-climber and pioneer of photography, Count Vittorio Sella made a number of climbs in the Caucasus Mountains in the Svaneti region of Georgia. Over his lifetime, Sella photographed many of the major mountain ranges all over the world and his pictures were exhibited by the Royal Geographical Society. In his earliest climbs … Continue reading

About Sights – Svanetian Towers

Fortified Towers in the Village of Chazhashi

Svaneti (Georgian: სვანეთი) is situated on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus mountains in the northwestern part of Georgia. It is the highest inhabited part of the Caucasus. The characteristic landscape of Upper Svaneti is formed by small villages situated on the mountain slopes, with a natural environment of gorges and alpine valleys and a backdrop of snow-covered … Continue reading

About History – Land of the Golden Fleece

On of the locals in Ieli shows some gold he panned in the Inguri river.

Georgia has long been associated with the legend of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece (Georgian: ოქროს საწმისი). Greek legends tell of a fabulously wealthy land called Kolkheti or Kolkha from which Jason stole the Golden Fleece from King Aieti (Georgian: აიეტი), helped by the king’s daughter Medea. Monument in Batumi, Georgia, … Continue reading

About Development – Renovated Svaneti

Georgia About aims to show you the best of Georgian culture and the arts, food and wine, history, and the best of places to visit but the best of Georgia is not all in the past. Georgia is developing fast and bringing the best of the modern world and its technology to Georgia to enhance the … Continue reading