Georgia is a small mountainous country in Transcaucasia. It is known all over the world for the hospitality of local residents, polyphonic singing, incredibly beautiful dances, delicious cheese and ancient winemaking traditions, which are about 8000 years old. The Georgian way of making wine, as well as Georgian polyphonic singing, is included in the list of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. In addition, Georgia has forests, mountains, sea, beaches, ski slopes, medical resorts and an impressive number of historical monuments. This is a very ancient country. According to ancient Greek myths, here the Argonauts found the Golden Fleece.
The capital of Georgia is Tbilisi. It is better to get acquainted with the country from here. This city is very picturesque, original and interesting to visit. Every tourist will find what to do and what to see in Tbilisi. "Old Town" will charm the lovers of history, and "New City" will please connoisseurs of modern architecture. The cable cars will open for you delightful views of the city from the surrounding hills. Wine shops will offer free tasting of numerous kinds of famous Georgian wine, and Georgian cuisine will be highly appreciated even by the most demanding gourmets, both meat lovers and vegetarians.
Parks, beaches, museums and theaters are in the city. Night clubs work until the last client. But most of the sights are connected with history. Tbilisi was founded in the IV century. Ancient churches, fortresses, monasteries, narrow streets of ancient quarters allow everyone to feel the spirit of the history of this city. The architecture of the "Old Town" is absolutely unique, because it is tied to the terrain and the houses are located on the slopes of the mountains one above the other. The terraces of the houses are covered with a grapevine, and the traditional balconies and verandas are decorated with openwork carvings. These landscapes are simply mesmerizing.
It is very convenient to explore the city on foot, and to cover large distances by metro. Taxis around the city are relatively inexpensive. The city is considered safe for tourists. Here live sincere, open and sociable people. Representatives of the older generation know Russian, and many young people speak English. If necessary, you can contact the Tourist Information Center at Freedom Square. They will be happy to help you there. Some links on this page will also help you organize a trip to this unforgettable city.
At 20 kilometers from the center of Tbilisi is a small town of Mtskheta. It is the former capital of the ancient Georgian kingdom. Historical monuments of Mtskheta are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In no city in Georgia there are so many sacred and cult places. Christian pilgrims and tourists from all over the world come here to see its shrines. Mtskheta is called the "Second Jerusalem". Be sure to schedule a visit to Mtskheta on your trip to Georgia.
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