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Kartli

The Heart of Georgia, Kartli is the central, the biggest and the most important region of Georgia. Even the Georgian name for our country (Sakartvelo) is derived from this region and both the ancient and the new capitals of Georgia - Mtskheta and Tbilisi - are located here.

It was in Mtskheta that Georgians became Christians in the 4th century through the activities of St. Nino, who worked miracles here. Mtskheta is popular with its original architectural monuments: Svetitskhoveli Cathedral 11th c built by architect Konstantine Arsakidze is also the burial place of Kings Gorgasali and Erekle II; At the turn of the 6th-8th century Jvari church was built on the mountain, which for 14 centuries has been overlooking the ancient city and is considered to be a masterpiece of Georgian early Christian architecture. Mtskheta is a museum city and is on the list of the world sights of UNESCO, and is only twenty minutes from Tbilisi.

In the ravine beyond the Caucasian mountain range, in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, lies the historical province of Georgia, Stephantsminda. In this charming alpine zone rises the majestic snowcapped mountain Kazbegi (5047 meter height). The legend goes that Prometheus was chained here by the Greek gods for stealing their knowledge.

Kvemo Kartli

Kvemo Kartli is historically on the furthest frontiers of Georgia. That’s why it was the first point of attack for numerous invaders. The historical monuments here are plentiful, for example, Bolnisi bishopric is one of the oldest in Georgia. Bolnisi Sioni was built in the 5th century during Vakhtang Gorgasali’s reign. Bishop David and the cathedral construction date, 478-493 are both mentioned in the inscription on the walls.

The ruins of the town of Dmanisi are world famous. In 1990, during archaeological excavations, Scientists discovered the oldest remains of a Eurasian man, dated 1,700,000 years old. The archaeologists have dug only a small portion, where dwellings were discovered. There is Dmanisi Sioni basilica of the 9th century, and some small churches and other buildings. Bethania monastery, founded in the 12th -13th centuries during the epoch of Queen Tamar, is located in the valley of the river Vere. There are masterfully painted frescos on the walls and on one of them Queen Tamar is represented. One can get to the Monastery through the scenic Tbilisi-Kojori motorway. There are trails here for those fond of horseback tours.

Southern districts of the Shida Kartli region are situated along the main motor and railway arteries of the country. Gori is the administrative centre of the region.

The industrial activity of the region is mainly concentrated in Kareli, Gori and Kaspi districts.

The main agricultural activity of the region is fruit and vegetable growing, while in northern zones - animal farming. Besides, Shida Kartli is suitable for beet growing.

Main highlights to visit:

Jvari church Svetitskhoveli Cathedral  Ateni Sioni church Kintsvisi church Samtavisi church Uplistsikhe caves Gori fortress Stalin museum Dmanisi  Bolnisi Sioni Bethania

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