Country of Georgia
Georgia – one of the most ancient countries in the world. A land of endless wonders, unspoiled by modern tourism and still retaining authentic character. It is a land made up of exciting history, medieval castles and watchtowers with a countryside spotted with fortresses, monasteries and strongholds.
Once experienced, it will stay with you forever. Exploring Georgia is a constant delight. If you're a walker or hiker the country is completely satisfying, while botanists and bird-watchers will be overwhelmed and amazed with the variety at their disposal. And for the archaeologist in you - it will be hard to decide which of the numerous ancient findings to visit first.
With the towering Caucasus Mountains forming the border between Europe and Asia, Georgia has long been an important meeting zone. In this historical land you will be enthralled by a perfect blending of eastern culture and western elegance. The traditions of the East and West meet in Georgia to form a new kind of culture unlike any other in the world.
North from Tbilisi and up though the Caucasus to the Russian border runs the famed Georgian Military Highway, celebrated by poets and feared by military leaders over many centuries. It has served as an important link between Europe and Asia since ancient times, though it was only after Russia’s annexation of east Georgia in the 19th century that it became known as the “Military Highway”. Today it serves as the best route via which one can enjoy the dramatic scenery, crystal-clear air and indescribable grandeur of the mighty Caucasus Mountains. Though not an easy road to travel, it's well worth the experience.
The fortified complex of Ananuri from the 17th century is undoubtedly one of the most attractive sights along the Georgian Military Highway. The mirrored surface of the Zhinvali reservoir and forested foothills of the mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for its towers. Cross Pass at 2395m is the highest point on the Military Highway. The pass gets its name from a red cross put there by Russian General Yermolov in 1824 to replace the one originally placed there by King David in the 12th century.
With sublimely perched old churches, watchtowers and castles dotting its fantastic mountain scenery, Georgia has to be one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Putting post-Soviet strife and economic turmoil behind them, Georgia is now developing its tourism and making the full range of its attractions safely and readily accessible to travelers from all walks of life. Accommodation for all budgets is becoming more available across the country and opportunities for exploring by foot or vehicle have expanded rapidly over the last 8 years.
From the beautiful towns of Svaneti and Kazbegi in the Caucasus mountains to Batumi, a fun-loving semitropical town on the Black Sea coastline, Georgia abounds in variety. Tbilisi, the capital and the country's biggest city, has the atmosphere of age-old Eurasian crossroads, yet it’s also a 21st-century city with European-style nightclubs and eye-catching new architecture.
Georgia’s deeply complicated history has given it a melting pot of influences from Turkey, Russia, Persia, Central Asia and beyond, with a full heritage of architecture and art.
The greatest treasure is perhaps the Georgian people's themselves: warm, proud, cultured, hospitable and experts at life. This is a country where guests are considered a blessing. The wine flows freely and tables overflow with fine food - you’ll consistently be delighted as you travel around every nook and cranny of this ancient treasured country.
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