Georgia Things to Do

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    Carving around main door
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    Samegrelo house (19th century)
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Georgia Things to Do

  • Svetitshoveli - an old temple in a...

    The Svetitshoveli of Mtskheta is one of the most significant temples in the country. It is also a burial place of quite a few Georgian kings. According to the legend a Rabbi called Elioz brought here Christ's robe from Jerusalem. When his sister Sidonia touched it, she got so excited that she dropped dead. She was buried with the robe still in her...

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  • Mtskheta - where Kura and Aragva flow

    Mtskheta is one of the oldest towns in Georgia and it was its capital from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. It's also the place where Christianity in Georgia started. Two of the town's monuments have particularly impressed me: the Svetitskhoveli (Cathedral of the Living Pillar) and the Jvari monastery (Monastery of the Cross). They have...

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  • Davit Gareji

    The visit to Davit Gareji was our first trip out of Tbilisi. The first question we faced was how to get there. But thanks to the link I had from Holger (Horscheck), it turned out to be much easier than expected. Every day from April to October at eleven a.m. a mini-bus takes tourists from Freedom Square (car park by Pushkin Street) to Davit Gareji....

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  • Tbilisi churches

    There are a lot of churches in Tbilisi, but visiting some of them is a must if you want to feel the spirit of the city. Here is the list of the most important ones:1) Sioni Cathedral - is one of the oldest and most famous churches in Tbilisi. It also protects the most sacred relic of Georgia: the cross of St. Nino. She was the one who brought...

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  • Modern Tbilisi

    We may like it or not, but beside old Tbilisi, there is a new city with structures made of glass and steel. They grow up in the most unexpected places, overwhelm you with their size, hurt your eyes in the sun's dazzle. But at the same time they surprise you with their boldness and although striking, are gradually becoming a part of the city's...

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  • Art Nouveau in Tbilisi

    It may sound surprising but Tbilisi has a rich collection of art nouveau buildings. So if you are an amateur of this style, a visit to the Georgian capital can be a real feast for you. Just keep your eyes open, and you will find plenty of curved motifs, iron wrought ornamentations, balconies and facades with are novueau details. Some of them are in...

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  • Old Tbilisi

    The oldest part of Tbilisi is Abanotubani - the district of baths. Once there were over sixty of them, now the number is limited to about ten. In the past, beside their hygienic functions, the baths were a sort of today's clubs where residents held business or social meetings. They were also visited by famous personalities, f.e. A. Dumas or A....

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  • Tbilisi - a European city with oriental...

    Tbilisi is the capital and the biggest city of Georgia with the population of 1.3 mln people. It is located on the river Mtkvari among the hills. The picturesque location, important historical monuments, interesting architecture, both old and new, and friendly residents make the city a fascinating travel destination with a unique atmosphere....

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  • Jvari Church

    the structure that is the church was built between 585 & 604 BC by Erismtavari Stepanoz I & was built over a site that a wooden cross was placed by St Nino before she converted the town peoples of Mtskheta in the 4th Century according to a legend that is told . then in the 6th Century a simple small church was built by duke Guaram of Kartli & then...

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  • Armaztsikhe ( Bagineti)

    Armaztsikhe ( Bagineti) - this site is the internal fortress of the ancient city of Mtskheta and is situated to the south of the town on the right bank of the river Mtkvari (Kura), along Trialeti

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  • National Art Gallery Of Tbilisi

    this museum houses both Georgian & international art its well worth a visit & you are allowed to take photos

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  • Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

    this 11 century cathedral is a architectural wonder ( please note no photo's allowed inside the cathedral itself . its here St Sidonia is buried as legend has it with the robe of Christ the robe he wore before his execution this still in her clutched hand . the current structure was built between 1010 & 1029 under patriarch Melkisedek & it massive...

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  • Uplistsikhe Cave City

    this is 1 of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus & was founded in the bronze age around 1000 BC but rose to prominence & became more developed in the 6th century BC to the 1st century AD . this settlement was the political & religious center of pagan Kartli & came the center of tension between pagan & christian worship . when the Arabs gained...

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  • the Botanical Gardens

    these gardens have existed as royal gardens from a least the early 1600's they were pillaged & destroyed by the Persians in the very late 1700's but they were revived in the very early part of the 19th century & renamed the Botanical gardens of Tbilisi in 1845

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  • The Old city wall Old city Tbilisi

    these are Remnants of the fortified walls that once marked the boundaries & beginnings of Tbilisi these sections of wall date from the 12th & 13th century

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  • Mosque of Tbilisi

    this is the only mosque in Tbilisi to survive lavrenty Beria anti religious purges & was built in 1895

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  • Anchiskhati Basilica

    this is the oldest church in Tbilisi built in the 6th century by a man called Dachi ,the church gets its name from an icon brought from the Anchi cathedral in Klarjeti which is in turkey you can see the icon in the fine arts museum near freedom square in Tbilisi .the church is a 3 nave basilica restored 3 times in its lifetime most notably in the...

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  • Jvaris Mama church

    there has been a church here since the 5th century BC but this structure dates from the 16th century it has wonderful predominantly red & blue fresco's

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  • the History of Tbilisi museum

    this museum houses objects & exhibits from the history of Tbilisi throughout the cities lifespan & existence its a good place to visit over a hr or 2 & a enjoyable experience .

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  • Narikala Fortress

    the fortress has been built & rebuilt over the centuries the earliest part of the walls date from the 4th century BC when the Persians controlled the fort . but most of the current structure dates from the 8th century BC when it was in the hands of Arab emirs . the fortress changed hands many times between Georgian ,Persians also Arab & Russian...

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  • National Museum Of Georgia

    this excellent museum houses artifacts from the history of Georgia from prehistoric times to its early christian kings & queens right up to soviet conquest & occupation of the country

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  • Davit Gareja

    Davit Gareja is located close to Azerbaijan border and has totally different nature scenery than the rest of Georgia. Hot weather, dry, parched land with coloured hills and in the middle stands Davit Gareja monastery.

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  • Caucasus

    Probably the main reason why people travel to Georgia is hiking in Caucasus. I havent seen more beautiful mountains than Caucasus. Kazbegi is famous and often visited part of Caucasus, but plan it for spring or autumn, because the visibility of the mountain and a church is low in summer. You make a trek usually for one week or so. Camping is not...

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  • The capital Tbilisi

    If you travel to Georgia, you will probably not miss the capital of Tbilisi. It is very pleasing and absolutely safe city, where I felt really comfortable. It is growing to a modern city, which is seen in every corner, f.e. a modern bridge across the Mtkvari river and surrounding park. You should not miss the Old town and its little streets, where...

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  • TREASURES OF GEORGIA - SAPARA MONASTERY

    Sapara Monastery dating from 1300 AD. The name Sapara comes from the term "hidden place", as it was a medieval retreat from advancing Ottomans.fcI'ts an amazing place, monstery surrounded by mountains. I've been there in october and think that this is the best time to visit it.Take a day trip coz there is no place to stay there but you'll really...

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  • Vardzia Monastery - Cave City

    I'm tempted to publish this tip into the "off the beaten path" section, but at the same time I ponder what isn't in this country for travel can take considerable dedication, time and discomfort to many.Vardzia lies in central-south Georgia, approximately the area where the country meets the borders with Turkey and Armenia.A briefing in Akhaltsikhe...

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  • Elegant Tbilisi

    Some of the splendor of Tbilisi is displayed along Rustaveli street, where fine architecture and brand-name stores line up as a stroller's background.Among governmental buildings, churches and artworks, Rustaveli Gamziri is a pleasant showcase of the city's elegance. At the time of my visit - Sep 08 - a few buildings were undergoing renovation and...

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  • Nice experience in Tbilisi Baths

    Hello again ;-)when you arrive to Tbilisi, my sugestion is to climb to the fortress from where you can see Tbilisi from the sky ;-) Before entering the fortress protection wall, look to the left down the hill and you will see these baths. I recomend you to make prebooking for bath the same day, but earlier, because in the evening it can be booked...

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  • Meeting with locals

    One of the most enjoyable things you can do while in Georgia is putting your best foot forward and trying to meet local people. The problem about meeting Georgians in the lack of English spoken in the street includng Tbilisi. If you are not into the whole pub scene then there are other places to meet Georgians. You can meet Georgians that speak...

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  • Davit Gareja

    Going to Georgia and missing Davit Gareja is the equivalent of skipping the Sistine chapel when in Vatican.Gareja. a semi-arid desert on the frontier of Georgia and Azerbaijan, 60 km south east of T'bilisi, has been a home for ascetic monks since the first foundation of a monastery there in the 6th century.There’re many reasons why this is not just...

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  • T'bilisi

    T’bilisi is the most charming and relaxing capital in Caucasus. Despite being destroyed a dozen times, the town still preserves numerous buildings testimony of it’s glorious past as multicultural capital of Trans-Caucasia.To the above, add a magnificent setting, surrounded by high hills and distant mountains, cut by the Mtkvari river with its sheer...

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  • Mtskheta

    Even though you think have seen enough churches, a day trip to Mtskheta just outside T’bilisi will lead you to the spiritual capital of Georgia since the turn to Christian faith. Some of the oldest and most important churches in all Georgia are to be found in this UNESCO listed town.

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  • Ananuri

    One of the most romantic fortified churches in Georgia, Ananuri is located on the shores of an artificial mountain lake on the way to Kazbegi. The fort is on the main road between two mountain villages, but there’s no bus stop, so a little hitchhiking on the way back may be needed.Apart from the landscape and the church itself, you may want...

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  • Borjomi Mineral Water Park

    Borjomi is about 2 1/2 hours from Tbilisi by car which means you could do this a day trip, or use it as a base for exploring attractions farther afield (such as the cave monastery complex of Vardzia which is what we did). The main attraction in Borjomi is the Borjomi Mineral Water Park - where the ubiquitous bottled Borjomi water comes from. It's a...

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  • Stalin Museum in Gori

    The town of Gori, Stalin's birthplace, is about 1 1/2 hrs from Tbilisi by car. The Stalin Museum was built around the tiny house that Stalin lived in until he was 15 - which is lovingly preserved and protected from the elements. The museum itself is full of Stalin memoribilia and the tour guides (Russian language only) talk of him as if he were a...

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  • Kazbegi

    From a sleepy mountain town at the border with Russia, Kazbegi has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Georgia, probably second only to T’bilisi. And for every good reason this is true: a 14th century church built on a mountain peak at 2200m above sea level (Tsminda Sameba) and a 2nd class mountain of 5200m (Mount Kazbeg). While...

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  • Kartlis Deda (Statue of Mother Georgia)

    A walk in the Narikala Fortress area on the hill above the old town will take you past this 20m statue of Mother Georgia which is interesting in a kitchy sort of way. She holds a cup of wine in one hand (to symbolize Georgian friendliness) and a sword in the other (a warning to Georgia's enemies).

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  • Abanotubani - Tbilisi sulphur baths

    Apparently, going to the baths is a pretty popular social activity in Tbilisi. We rented a private bath for an hour at the "beehive" baths for $10. We also got massages (more like an elaborate bath ritual with kind of painful skin exfoliation) for $3 a person. There is a sitting room where you leave your clothes and are served hot tea and then the...

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  • Jvari church

    This is an easy day trip from Tbilisi. The outside of this 6th century church is lovely and you get a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. Jvari church is well visited by Georgians, as it is revered as Georgia's spirtual heart, and there are plenty of priests hanging around. So it is also a good place to people watch and get a feel for...

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  • Motsameta

    The monastery itself has nothing special in terms of architecture, size or richness of decorations. But one does not need any of these to approach a serene state of mind of religious type, as it is the area around it which worth everything. The monastery is built on a promontorium with wonderful views over the gorge and the river below.Finding a...

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  • Gelati

    The monastery complex of Gelati dates back from 1106, when the first church and religious academy was constructed by King David the Builder, whose aim was to create a place of worship, study and knowledge second only to Jerusalem. Many Georgian rulers are buried here, including David the Builder himself, Queen Tamara and Bagrat III. At his express...

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  • Kutaisi - one of the most ancient cities

    Kutaisi is one of the most ancient cities in the world (almost 4000 yo) and today is the second largest city in Georgia (although is may not compete with vibrant Tbilisi and vivid Batumi). There are lots of sights in Kutaisi and in the surrounding area (Bagrati cathedral and palace, Ukimerioni Hill, Rioni riverside walks, Gelati and Motsameta...

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  • Sighnaghi - an off the beaten path gem

    The most attractive towns in the Kakheti region in Western Georgia, Sighnaghi,with its medieval city walls and parks, with its charming old quarter dating from the 18th century, unspoiled by soviet civilisation, certainly does have its character. In addition, you can get unique and memorable accomodation, and affodable trips to the surroundings....

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  • Niakhuras Tsikhe

    Niakhuras Tsikhe is one of the presumably dozen medieval strongholds in Georgia. The fortress is located in the Kakheti region in Eastern Georgia, on the way from Sighnaghi to T’bilisi, so if you’re travelling on a private car, it’s worth stopping by for a half an hour or so.There's no village or locality in the vicinity of the fortress.The...

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  • Batumi

    The stay in Batumi was very brief, and was basically an overnight after a long travel day. Honestly, though, Batumi was the place that I experienced perhaps some of the very worst 'culture shock' of my life. I really won't go into it here. We seemed to miss the 'major' sights on the city, mainly because, well, we were tired and a bit flipped out....

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