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 Khertvisi Fortress - is a medieval fortress on the border of Samtskhe and Javakheti. It is located at the mouth of the rives Paravani and Mtkvari, on the high rocky mountain. Khertvisi fortress is mentioned in sources from the 11th century. The fortress was supplied with water through a tunnel constructed from south-west. On November 24, 2007 Khertvisi was inscribed in UNESCO world Heritage trial list.
v Vardzia Monastery - built in 1156-1203, it has played a great role in political and cultural life. The fortress was built in the reign of King George III and was finally constructed during the years of Queen Tamar's ruling. Vardzia monastery has the width of of 0,5 km and is arranged on 13 floors. Overall, it consists of 420 utility rooms. Totally there are 12 chapels in the monastery. Vardzia is rich with fresco paintings.
v Local History Museum of Akhalkalaki - was opened in 1973. About 40 000 exhibits of the XIX-XX centuries found in archaeological excavations are stored here.
v Lake Paravani - located in southern Georgia - namely, in the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti region. This lake is the biggest in the country. Behind him you can see Samara ridge. The area of the lake is just over 37 square kilometers and a maximum depth - up to 4 m.