Have you ever been to Georgia? Georgia holds far more than we might think at first. Georgia, with its 3.7 million inhabitants, cannot be called just that big, and because it is located among the ranges of the Caucasus, the whole country can be considered a kind of hidden treasure. Although it was not a popular tourist destination for a long time due to the Russo-Georgian war, more and more people are visiting this amazing place today. In addition to many UNESCO monuments, the picturesque villages hidden in the mountains, the coastline and its famous wines also attract visitors.
Without wishing to be exhaustive, here are 8 Georgian attractions that are definitely worth a trip if you are visiting the country!
The old and new town of Tbilisi
The country’s capital was already inhabited by 3,000 BC, and some of the buildings in the historic quarter on either side of the Kura River bear witness to the early centuries. In stark contrast, the modern part of the city, where more futuristic buildings unfold before our eyes, such as the famous Peace Bridge. One of the best ways to admire this unique place is to explore its streets, especially the colorful old town.
Ushguli is the highest inhabited town in all of Europe, where time seems to have stopped. The 2000-year-old village is inhabited by only 250 people. The rocky mountains attract hikers and mountain sports enthusiasts, but Ushguli’s approach is not always easy: the area is usually covered with snow for 6 months of the year, at which point the roads are closed. You can get there mostly from the nearby town of Mestia, about 3 hours by car.
Uplistsikhe cave town
A real prehistoric treasure awaits visitors in the eastern part of Georgia, where your rock trenches tell the story: the cave town Uplistsikhe lived as early as the Early Iron Age, all the way to the Middle Ages.
Vardzia cave town and monastery
Vardzia cave town is a magnificent cave monastery near Aspindza in southern Georgia, however, it was only built in the 12th century. Unlike the caves of Uplistsikhe, these are not unadorned: most can still see medieval frescoes. Built on a steep rock wall, the cave town offers a breathtaking panorama towards the Kura River.
Batumi is a modern city located on the shores of the Black Sea and it's a second biggest city in Georgia with its eclectic architecture, bustling hustle and bustle and gambling is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
In the neighborhood of Kutaisi you will find the Gelati Monastery, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the early Middle Ages, they buried their kings here that year. Inside you can admire old murals and mosaics.
Above Tbilisi rises the iconic Narikala Fortress, the construction of which began as early as the 4th century. In the church of St. Nicholas here you can see frescoes depicting biblical scenes and the history of the country. It is also worth taking a walk in the botanical garden at the foot of the fortress, as it is full of beautiful plants.
Tsminda Sameba Temple
If a single image were to be associated with the country, perhaps it would be this: the church, now considered a symbol of Georgia, was built in the 14th century and lies at an altitude of over 2,000 meters in an amazingly beautiful setting. It is located about 160 km north of Tbilisi.
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