Guria is a historical province in West Georgia. Subtropical farming and tourism are major sectors of the local economy. Guria is one of the largest tea-growing regions in Georgia. Region integrates three different municipalities: Ozurgeti, Lanchkhuti and Chokhatauri.
Ozurgeti is the administrative center of the region. It is located at an elevation of 80 meters above sea level, between the rivers Natanebi and Bzhuzha. There are several interesting historical buildings in Ozurgeti Municipality.
Ozurgeti Drama Theater was constructed in 1962. It is regarded as one of the largest theaters of Georgia. It is named after famous Georgian theater and film director Alexandre Tsutsunava. The Ozurgeti Drama Theater is a five-store example of Soviet Neoclassical architecture.
Ozurgeti History Museum was founded in 1936. Nowadays visitor will find the collection, which includes more than 6000 exhibits that are dated from the 9th millennium BC, until today.
Shemokmedi Monastery is located on the top of the hill in the village Shemokmedi, 7-8 kilometers away from Ozurgeti. The monastery was founded in the 15th century. Shemokmedi Monastery includes two churches and one bell tower. Standing on the edge of the yard of the monastery, one can see the view of different villages and the town. The place was full of the various church objects from other Georgian monasteries, but because of the robbers, this collection was moved to the museum.
In the center of the city, one will find an ancient Byzantine-era bathhouse. Another historical building in Ozurgeti is Gurieli Palace, which was constructed in 1873.
Likhauri is one of the most beautiful villages in Ozurgeti municipality. It is located in the gorge of Achistskali River. The visitor has an opportunity to see the museum of famous Georgian historian, archeologist and public benefactor – Ekvtime Takaishvili. Not far from the museum, there is a Likhauri Fortress on the top of the hill.
Ureki is a seaside resort on the Black Sea coast near Ozurgeti. In contrast to many resorts on the Black Sea coast, the beach here is sandy. Black sand of Ureki has magnetic properties.
33 kilometers away from Ozurgeti, there is a summer resort Gomis Mta (Mount Gomi) at an elevation of 2100 meters above sea level. The place is unique since no hotels, markets or shops are there. The visitors can stay in wooden cottages or in the tents. The resort is seasonal because of the harsh weather and heavy snowfalls in winters. One can enjoy the coniferous forest and beautiful panoramic views overlooking Gurian lowlands from Gomis Mta.
There is another mountainous resort in Guria – Bakhmaro, situated in Chokhatauri Municipality, at an elevation of 2050 meters above sea level. Unlike Gomis Mta, Bakhmaro has developed facilities and infrastructure. It has a hotel, some comfortable cottages, and local shops. The place is surrounded by spruce and pine tree forests. Amosavali and Chasavali (rough translation would be “sunrise place” and “sunset place”) are the names of the mountains near Bakhmaro that are popular among hikers. From the first one the visitor can see how the sun is rising in the morning and from the second one, it is possible to watch the sunset.
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