10 FACTS ABOUT GEORGIA
Georgia is located on the crossroad of Europe and Asia.
It lays at the eastern end of the Black Sea, with Turkey and Armenia to the south, Azerbaijan to the east, and Russia to the north, over the Caucasus Mountains.
The capital and largest city is Tbilisi. Official language is Georgian.
Cradle of Wine
Georgia is one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world.
Due to the many millennia of wine in Georgian history, the traditions of its viticulture are entwined and inseparable with the country’s national identity.
An Unique Alphabet
There are just 14 independent alphabets in the world and Georgian is one of them.
The oldest uncontested example of Georgian writing is an Asomtavruli inscription from 430 AD in a church in Bethlehem.
UNESCO Heritage sites
Our current UNESCO heritage sites include the ancient capital city of Mtskheta, the massive cathedral complexes of Bagrati and Gelati, and the mountain region of Svaneti. The construction of Bagrati Cathedral, named after Bagrat III, the first king of united Georgia, started at the end of the 10th century and was completed in the early years of the 11th century. The historic churches of Mtskheta, former capital of Georgia, are outstanding examples of medieval religious architecture in the Caucasus.
Europe’s highest settlement in Georgia
Ushguli is recognized as the highest settlement in Europe, set at altitudes between 2,086 and 2,200 meters above sea level.
Symbolically, this highest settlement is guarded by Mt. Shkhara, the highest point in Georgia (Under UNESCO protection).
First European Civilization
Recent excavations of Dmanisi have revealed an extraordinary record of the earliest hominid dispersal beyond Africa (1,75 million years ago).
It is widely recognized that Dmanisi discoveries have changed scientist’s knowledge concerning the migration of homo from Africa to the European continent.
Unique, tasty & cheap dishes
The cuisine in Georgia is very unique, with both European and Middle Eastern influences. It offers a variety of dishes with various herbs and spices.
You will really enjoy your meal.
Georgia is safe
Tbilisi is very safe. Crime rates are one of the lowest in Europe.
Georgia is very attractive
The New York Times ranked Georgia 6th among 52 best countries for the tourism destination.
Tbilisi has good infrastructure and prices for hotel and meal is lower than in European countries.
The Georgians have exceptionally strong traditions of hospitality, chivalry, and codes of personal honor. They believe that guests come from God.
Tbilisi is easily accessible by plane
Many airlines operate service to/from Tbilisi International Airport (IATA: TBS).