Samtskhe-Javakheti Region

Samtskhe-Javakheti is one of the oldest Georgian regions and as usual, we are going to take you along for a photo-journey through this beautiful land. Follow us on yet another quest for new adventures and impressions!

The trail of the past is constantly present here and it constantly seems as if you are meeting the shadows of medieval lords and princes on the way. If you are lucky, you might even see King Erekle II together with his army, marching towards Aspindza. Let′s walk along this road, pass the old Khertvisi, raise the dust of Saatabago and leave behind the old Atskhuri…

Let′s travel to the land where old rocks groan, where the shadows of the ancestors are calling us: We are waiting for you!

The world of the great poet Rustaveli is waiting for us here. You will never be able to imagine what it is like if you don’t see it at least once – the reality of epic heroes and beautiful princesses who live in the epic poem and, even after all these years and centuries, still roil and trouble our hearts…

And there are also Borjomi and Bakuriani – the perfect harmony of modernity and past, painted with the unique brush of nature. We will take a cable car and go up the Kokhta Mountain. From there, the Caucasus range will stretch out before our eyes and don’t be surprised, because this festival of colors, blue space and enormous mountains stretches from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea! This is Georgia!

Samtskhe-Javakheti is located in southern Georgia and covers the historical and geographical provinces of Samtskhe, Javakheti and Tori.

The region is situated in the historical Zemo (Upper) Kartli. Samtskhe includes territories of the present-day Akhaltshikhe and Adigeni, as well as part of Aspindza. Javakheti covers territories of Akhalkhalaki, Ninotsminda and part of Aspindza as well. Apart from that, the region consists of the historical province of Tori, which comprises the present-day Borjobi Municipality.

Samtskhe-Javakheti is a mountainous and rocky land, crisscrossed with ravines, springs and lakes, as well as fast and powerful rivers. The large lakes of Javakheti are Paravani, Khanchali, Sagamo, Madatapa, Bugdasheni, Tsunda etc. in Akhaltsikhe basin, there is a belt of spruce and pine forests, at an elevation of 1850 meters above sea level. Above these forests there are alpine and sub-alpine fields. In the Dzandze River gorge, on the eastern slopes of Goderdzi Pass, there exists tertiary flora, khnown as Goderdzi flora. However, the diversity of its nature is not limited to that.

The uniqueness of this land is also determined by its past and a very rich history. It is quite safe to say that Samtskhe-Javakheti is the foundation of Georgia′s spiritual and material cultural development.

We will show you the churches, monasteries and strongholds which speak of the past glory, everyday life and traditions of tis region, as well as natural monuments, together with unique flora and fauna.

Samtskhe-Javakheti Cuisine

Specialty of Samtskhe-Javakheti cuisine is Apokhti – dried and salted meat. It is often used as stuffing for Khinkali. Traditional dish is – Tatarberaki – hashed slices of dough boiled in water, which is served together with stewed onion. Also very popular is Bakmazi – mulberry honey honey an veriety of cakes – Kada. Noteworthy dish of this region is compacted cheese. Bee-farming is well developed in Samtskhe-Javakheti. Alpine hony of this region is highly appreciated. A great variety of wheat favors developing of baking industry.

Kakala, Somini, and other sorts of bread are the proof of this trend. In difference with other parts of Georgia, they eat snails in Meskheti; they start gathering them starting from December. Gozinaki is made differently in the southern Georgia. Instead of honey, here they use Bakmazi, made of mulberry.

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