During its long history, the territory of modern Georgia belonged or was occupied by the Turks, Arabs, Greeks, Mongolians, Russians and Persians. Naturally, this fact had a significant impact on culture of the country, making it very diverse, same as Georgian nature that changes from palms and cypresses in Batumi to northern areas in the Greater Caucasus Mountains.
Travellers, who like mountain rest, will enjoy their visit to the Caucasus Mountains and beautiful Mount Kazbeg (5,030m). The most famous destinations of the region are Kazbegi town, Gudauri (a popular ski resort) and the beautiful Khada Valley. Hospitality is traditional in Georgia, so travelers will feel very welcome. Tsminda Sameba is considered a true gem of Kazbegi. This ancient Georgian church is built on a hilltop, from which one can see stunning views of the mountains and the valley.
Continue your observation of the country by visiting Svaneti that is home to Ushguli – one of the oldest settlements in Europe. This place has retained the atmosphere of the medieval period with its old houses. The Upper Svaneti is added to the UNESCO list. Don’t forget to visit the nearby village of Chazhashi to see nearly 200 medieval houses built in an unusual manner. In the past, the houses were used both as living place and as protective posts.
The list of old and interesting cities in Georgia is really long. Kutaisi is, without a doubt, one of them. The main historic attractions of the city include the Bagrati Cathedral built back in the 11th century and the Gelati Monastery built a bit later. The city of Mtskheta is also rich in old churches of the medieval period. Fans of history might be interested in visiting Gori as this is the city where Josef Stalin was born. There are a statue and a museum of Stalin in the center of Gori.
Travellers, who like hiking, cycling and walking, are recommended to visit Pankisi Gorge. This is a northern region of Georgia located in the central part of the High Caucasus. During a walk there, you will see the remains of old fortifications, ancient churches and other ruins. Don’t leave Georgia without visiting its capital and largest city – Tbilisi. Here you can make a tour in the Old Town, enjoy the beauty of Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral, visit Freedom Square and Metheki Church, observe old Narikala Fortress and see panoramic views of the city near Mother Georgia statue.
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