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Top Reasons to Travel to the Georgia Republic
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Based on our recent zoom conferences and your requests we will start providing you with top reasons to travel to our destinations.
We start with the fascinating Georgia Republic.
Georgia is a country of ancient churches perched atop rugged valleys, a background of snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains and the picturesque shores and dark, deep waters of the Black Sea. Its close proximity to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe has made it a cultural crossroads throughout history and the Silk Road brought travelers, scholars, and merchants here. Georgia is the setting for the Greek myths of both the Golden Fleece and Prometheus. The country itself was unified under one king in the 4th century B.C. and early on adopted Christianity as its state religion. Its capital city, Tbilisi, is a bustling, growing city, with museums, universities, theaters, galleries, and cafes. The heart of the city is still the Old Town, a charming mix of wooden houses, open-air balconies and winding streets. Mtshketa is the ancient capital and still an important historical and religious center, with UNESCO World Heritage Sites and fabulous examples of fortresses, monasteries and castles
The Land of the Golden Fleece
The ancient Greek legend of Jason and the Argonauts and their search for the Golden Fleece was inspired by the Georgians' unique way of using sheep fleece to collect the flecks of gold carried downstream by mountain rivers.
The Cultural Crossroads of East and West
Located at the crossroad of Europe and Asia, Georgia defines diversity. It's a small country that somehow has it all: mountains to the north and south and the Black Sea on the western shore, offering visitors fabulous landscapes, cuisine and culture.
Home of the First Europeans - Zezva & Mzia
A number of ancient human skulls have been found at Dmanisi archaeological site in the Kvemo Kartli region. Believed to date from 1.8 million years ago, they are, indisputably, the oldest human remains discovered outside of Africa, and crucial to the Eurasian chapter of mankind's' evolutionary history.
One of the most astonishing things you'll notice while traveling through Georgia is the huge number of churches. Georgia was one of the first countries in the world to officially adopt Christianity, in 337 AD.
The Caucasus Mountains
The Great Caucasus range embraces Georgia from the North. With a variety of impressive landscapes, Georgia abounds in hiking and trekking trails through wilderness and unspoiled villages, and fabulous, little-known ski destinations.
Unesco World Heritage Sites
Georgia's UNESCO list includes material sites and intangible cultural heritage assets; Georgian polyphonic singing, dazzling sword dances, and the ancient tradition of Qvevri wine-making. Polyphonic singing holds a special place in Georgian culture. Songs traditionally describe everyday life, in the home, on the farm and celebrating holidays.
Sites include the 6th c. Jvari Monastery, 11th c. Svetitskhiveli Cathedral, Ushguli - Europe's highest continuously inhabited village, and the 12th c. Gelati academy and monastery.
Georgian cuisine offers a wide variety of dishes, generously seasoned with fragrant herbs and spices. Every region of Georgia has its own distinct culinary tradition, with fresh, local ingredients as the headliners.
The Cradle of Wine
Georgia has the oldest continuous tradition of wine-making in the world, stretching back over 8,000 years. More than 500 indigenous grape varieties are still cultivated today.
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