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 KAKHETI – WINE CELLAR OF GEORGIA 

 

Easternmost region of Georgia. This is the land of hospitable, openhearted and straightforward people who live surrounded by rugged mountains, ancient castles, magnificent churches, and drink wine to praise the almighty for each harvest of their nurtured grape yards.

Kakheti is unquestionably a must-see for any visitor to Georgia. With its generous landscapes and people, Kakheti offers an unforgettable experience to its first-time visitors and those who are well acquainted with its heart-warming culture.

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CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES OF KAKHETI

 

Alaverdi Monastery was founded in the second half of the 6th century by Assyrian Father Josef from Alaverdi who is buried in the Monastery. Alaverdi St. George Cathedral was built by Kakhetian King Kvirike in the 11th century. It is 50 m high. The cathedral has retained remains of artwork of the 11th and 15-16 th centuries.

The monastery is the focus of the annual religious celebration Alaverdoba. Situated in the heart of the world's oldest wine region, the monks also make their own wine, known as Alaverdi Monastery Cellar

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CASTLES AND FORTREES OF KAKHETI

 

Ujarma castles ruins still amaze the visitors. The fortress is built on a high hill and its western slope. The eastern side of the hill is an inaccessible cliff, and this is where the citadel was situated.

According to historical chronicles, Ujarma settlement was built by Asphagur in 3-4th c. In the 4th century, the first Christian Georgian King Mirian bestowed Kakheti on his son, Revi as a princely domain with Ujarma as the royal residence. Later in the same century the town was made into one of the residences for King Vakhtang Gorgasali, and it was here when the great king died too, wounded by a traitor in his armpit during a battle.

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DAVIT GAREJA  - set of cave monasteries carved in the rock


Gareji that occupies tens of hectares of land is the largest complex of monasteries in Georgia. It includes Davit’s Lavra, Dodos Rka (Dodo’s Horn), Natlismtsemeli (Baptist), Bertubani (Monks’ Place), Udabno, Tsamebuli, Kolagiri, etc. In the past their total number amounted to twelve, which gave rise to the name of the place “Twelve Monasteries of Gareji”. The architectural ensemble includes ordinary buildings and facilities carved in the rock. Gareji used to be a royal monastery. Georgian monarchs frequently endowed lands and other treasures. The monastery was founded by Assyrian Father Davit of Gareja who came to this place with his student Lucian in the 6th century. Apart from its architecture, Gareji stands out with amazing frescos that do not bear Byzantine influence. The churches present almost the entire range of architectural and artistic layers starting from the 6th century. Gareji was frequently raided by the enemy. In 1616 Persian Shah Abbas massacred 6000 monks here and had the monastery sacked.

 

TSINANDALI MUSEUM AND GARDENS

 

this is the  formerly owned by Aleksandre Chavchavadze, a poet, general, translator, diplomat and a remarkable Georgian public figure of his age.

His name was well known and respected throughout the Russian Empire. Born in 1786, Chavchavadze was baptized by Russian Empress Catherine II, and grew up in the best circles of the country, getting familiar withall the innovations and advancements of the contemporary European society. While serving in the Russian army as an aide-de-camp to Field Marshal and Minister of War, Prince Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, Chavchavadze fought against Napoleon in 1813-15. On the other hand, being a great patriot of his motherland, he also took part in the rebellion of 1804 and plot of 1832 organized by Georgians who were unhappy with the loss of independenceagainst the Russian rule, for which he was sent to exile until 1837.

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TUSHETI


One of Georgia’s most remote and scenic areas, Tushetiis tucked away in the Caucasus Mountains along Kakheti’s northern border with Russia. The Abanos Pass that runs to the region from Akhmeta is only open from mid-June to early October and travelers should expect an adventure as you navigate through the steep cliffs. Tusheti is a unique cultural heritage location. While hiking through this spectacular area, small stone towers can be seen that mark the place of a ritual animal sacrifice. Homestays are widely available for those looking for a rustic retreat. Tusheti is famous for its virgin nature, beautiful villages with ancient towers, exotic folklore, traditional festivals and delicious food.
 

 

 

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