Cultural Heritage

Castles, cities carved out of rock, churches, monasteries, megalithic monuments, flat-roofed houses covered with green grass, and Meskhetian halls (Darbazi) all make a wonderful impression and revive the historical past of the region in front of your eyes.

Samtskhe-Javakheti is one of the richest regions of Georgia in terms of cultural heritage sites. It is said that one third of the whole cultural heritage of Georgia is presented in Samtskhe-Javakheti. Special attention can be devoted to the long and interesting inscriptions on the walls of the religious monuments, churches, monasteries. Each municipality can offer something special and unique to a visitor. That is because each municipality has different and unique natural assets (forests, rocky mountains, hills) which determine the cultural heritage presented there.

During the Golden Age, Samtskhe-Javakheti represented the cultural and educational center of Georgia. They were building beautiful churches and monasteries, fortresses and chambers; and goldwork and fresco schools.

Besides eye-catching monuments the Meskhetian people also had a mouth watering culture. Their cuisine, crafts, and wine-making all show a wonderfully rich simplicity. You can indulge in all these by visiting the oldest Meskhetian villages and observing the monuments located in them such as Chobiskhebi, Saro, Tsunda, and Tiseli.

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