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   Samtskhe-Javakheti is an historical region located in the south of Georgia. Historical-geographical provinces Samtskhe, Javakheti and Tori are the part of it. This land is a cradle of royal dynasty of Bagrationi, is a native land of genial Shota Rustaveli. The region has a favorable geopolitical location. It is bordered by Turkey and Armenia which creates promising conditions for trade, economic and cultural relationships with these neighboring countries.

 

YOU WILL VISIT:


v  The Zarzma monk monastery - is located in the historical Samtskhe. The monastery first was founded in the IX century by the Klarjeti monk, Serapion Zarzmeli. Zarzma is reach with fresco painting. Belfry of Zarzma is one of the biggest belfries in Georgia.

v  Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory - is located 5 km away from Abastumani, on the mountain Kanobil, at 1700 m above the sea level. The observatory was founded on 28 February, 1932, by the guidance of Evgeni Kharadze. Visitors can observe the night sky through a unique telescope, converse with astronomers, and familiarize themselves with the unique collection in the museum.

v  Rabati Complex - Built in the 13th century. Rabati developed under the influence of different cultures over subsequent centuries and this is reflected in its architecture. Rabati is the only district, where Catholics, Jews, Armenians, Orthodox Christians and Muslims have their own chapels. Only two years ago Rabati was given a status of the symbol tolerance.

v  Ivane Javakhishvili Samtskhe-Javakheti Historical Museum - is situated on the territory of former Rabati. Today, more than 25 thousand artifacts (among them manuscripts and early printed materials) are preserved in the museum collections.