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A holiday to Georgia gives travellers the chance to discover a wealth of lesser-known attractions. Due to the country’s long and complicated history, and as one of the first European countries to embrace Christianity, Georgia features unique churches and monasteries dotted around the region.
The capital of Tbilisi was settled in Neolithic times and features the 4th century Narikala Fortress, the 5th century Metechi Church, and the fascinating state museum of Georgia. Nearby Mtskheta is often referred to as the spiritual heart of the country with its beautiful churches and the Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli, built on the grave of Sidonia, who died clutching Christ’s robe. Meanwhile, Davit Gareja is a fascinating area where twenty-two monasteries are carved into rock. Finally, finish a holiday with a visit to seaside Batumi, with its relaxed atmosphere and charming botanical gardens.
Pass through the Greater Caucasus mountains to reach the Gergeti Trinity Church – perched on a hilltop and under the shadow of Mount Kazbegi, it commands spectacular views of the surrounds.
Go to Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, and visit the Stalin Museum which houses artefacts from his life – including his armour-plated railway carriage.
Historically a cultural and intellectual hub, the Gelati monastery is home to numerous manuscripts and murals, dating from the 12th century. A Unesco World Heritage Site, the complex also includes a number of churches where scholars and kings have been buried, notably the King of Georgia – David the Builder – in 1125.
The topography of Georgia is ideal for vineyards, and legend has it that wine was first created in in the country 8,000 years ago. The main area for growing is Kakheti, where wine-tasting is available.
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