The city of Telavi is here seen from the tower. It is densely populated (25 000 inhabitants) but the pert seen here looks more like a large village than a true town. Other parts of the town (see next tip) are more “city looking”In the background, there should have been a landscape on the Alazani river valley and the majestic Dagestan mountains....more
The museum is displayed in a soviet style building and the museum itself is of the same style : no caption for most of the items on display. Nevertheless, it is worth a fast visit.When we visited, there was a girl with a with a broom and a floor cloth at the entrance. She followed us closely, mopped behind us, then locked each door as soon as we...more
Room of the throne is not very large but impressive with its soberness. It is an almost square room with an arm chair standing on a two steps stage covered with a red carpet now surmounted by a full portrait of Irakli II. On the walls are hanging various engravings.more
The palace is a low building that was built in 1672 in Persian style by Artchil II, king of Kakheti when he moved his capital from Gremi to Telavi..Photo 5 is a statue standing in front of Erakli’s palace that I have been unable to identifyI have found a news agency information from October 7th 2009, reporting that due to heavy rains five vitrages...more
Inside the complex are mentioned two churches : the Irakli Chapel (previous tip) and the small church built by King Archil II when he transferred his residence from Gremi to Telavi in 1672; This small church is said “in poor condition”. I am not convinced that this is the building shown on the first photo but I have seen no other one matching...more
Irakli II chapel was built in1758. It is all made of bricks and leaning along one of the towers of the defense wall. The church itself has three tall narrow windows on each side and on the eastern side a side entrance. The main entrance is through a smaller building that seems to have been built later.The inside (last photo) is bare (photo 4)more
Georgia is considered as the cradle of vine growing and therefore of wine making. I had never seen such an old vine stock. It be several centuries old. This was in April and therefore, it had not yet any leaves but though it has been already strengthened by concrete, it is obviously still living !more
Batonis Tsihké means “Fortress of the Master (king)” It was built in the XVIIth century. It is a very strong wall that protected efficiently the royal residence and that remains, even nowadays in good condition. This is the only defense wall of Georgia from that period that remains almost unchanged.more
We had our snack just outside of Telavi. A cow looked at us from an “enclosure” of hedges that had been drastically pruned down to the soil. I wonder if it will ever grow again after such a rude treatment but for the cow, that remained an efficient enclosure and she did not try to overpass it !more
In another part of the town, we stopped to buy a snack that we would have for a quick dinner along the road as we had a busy journey : Tbilisi, Gombori pass, Chouamta, Telavi, Ikalto, Alaverdi, Gremi, Sighnaghi and back to Tbilisi. No time to go to a restaurant.In this part of the town, there were various booths and we found what we were looking...more
The three photos give mixed sight from the city of Telavi, taken from the car (this is why they are not very good).
Photo 1 shows a 5 levels building of housing, typical of the poor condition of housing in Georgia.
Photo 2 shows a ten levels building, not seen from Batonis Tsihké
Photo 3 and 4 show old buildings representative of the local style