Vardzia

Located in South Georgia, Vardzia is a cave monastery complex, that was founded by Queen Tamar in 1185. Originally, the cave city was hidden in Erusheli mountain, but an earthquake in the 13th century exposed the caves. The complex consisted of thirteen levels, six thousand apartments, a throne room, the church of Dormition of the Mother of God and a bell tower. The monastery complex has unique murals and epigraphical monuments, written in old Georgian script Asomtavruli.
Side note: Becoming a nun was not always a voluntary process in Georgian Orthodox Church. Furthermore, often it was a form of punishment. In Vardzia, there is an inscription on the monastery wall, presumably made by a nun. It reads: “I was fourteen, when they made me a nun, I turned seventy fourteen here… Boy, you were so handsome! ”
Today, Vardzia is protected under Georgian Cultural Heritage Preservation National Agency and it’s one of the most visited sites in Georgia.

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Photo by: Kamil Ghais
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Chiatura in Photos and Animations by François Beaurain

French photographer François Beaurain visited the small town of Chiatura back in 2014. He brought back the essence of the town, captured in photographs and animations.
“Chiatura is located in western Georgia and is well known for its huge manganese deposit and its extensive cable car network transporting miners and ore up and down the valley. All the infrastucture was built during the soviet times and has been barely refurbished since. Chiatura seems trapped in time, like the workers who are also trapped to their machines, endlessly repeating the same gesture.”
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The Georgian cross

The cross is the most recognizable symbol of Christianity, but the Georgian cross is not as widely known. Though, the cross is very popular among the Georgian Christians. It has an unusual shape, with slightly dropping horizontal lines. It is often referred as St. Nino’s cross, as it was originally created by her. She preached Christianity in Georgia, what led to Christianization of the kingdom. It is believed, that She created the cross from grapevine and tied the lines, with her own hair. Today, the cross is preserved in Sioni Cathedral, Tbilisi. Since, a grape, a vineyard and a wine are sacred for Georgians, the Georgian cross symbolizes resurrection, rather than death.

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Photo Tamar Khosroshvili
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Georgian Khinkali is Trending on Reddit Today

Reddit is a major social media website with the audience from all over the world, but mainly for the US. So today, the image of Khinkali is trending on Reddit, where many curious foreigners are discussing Georgian cousine.

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Untold love story

In 2014, an ancient grave was discovered in Mtskheta. Two skeletons were found in the grave. The right one was 25-30 year old female. Her head rested on the shoulder of 40-45 year old male, and held his hand. According to an anthropologists, they were buried together and possibly one of them was even burred alive. In Ancient times, the deceased were buried, with their personal belongings, however, none were found in this grave. All this caused an allegations and speculations about the couples life and death.
Whatever the case might be, we will never know the truth. We will never know their names and the story. But we know, that even in V-VI century they loved passionately, “till the death do us part” and beyond.

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Photo Keti Digmelashvili

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