Nekresi Monastery, located on the slope of a forest hill near the village of Shilda (Kvareli district), displays a beautiful view of the Alazani Valley. It is home to a number of preserved buildings and ruins from various periods, such as a small basilica dating from the 4th century (one of the earliest basilicas in Georgia), an Episcopal palace dating from the 8th-9th centuries, a 16th century tower as well as ruins of other residential and domestic structures and small chapels.
This cross-domed church of Akhali (New) Shuamta was built by Queen Tinatin, wife of the King of Kakhe-tians, Levan. Built of brick, it is distinguished for its elevated proportions and facade adornment, featuring crosses set in the brick masonry. A large, three-storey bell-tower, standing nextto the church, used to house living rooms of Queen Tinatin.
The architectural ensemble of Dzveli (Old) Shuamta is located in a forest, 7km from Telavi. The complex of ancient churches consists of three churches, namely a 5th century basilica, a 7th century church similar to Mtskheta Jvari and a 7th century minor domed church. The churches are plain and laconic, characteristic of the Kakhetian architecture.
This impressive cross-domed, tetra conch church of St. George, 18km away from Telavi in the Alazani Valley, was founded in the 6th century by loseb Alaverdeli (one of the Syrian Fathers). The existing church was built in the first half of the 11 th century. This impressive (more than 50m high) building is characterized by elevated proportions, plain facades and a grand inner space typical of Kakhetian architecture. Within the circuit wall are Peikar Khan's Palace (12th c), a barracks, a refectory, a wine cellar and other structures.
The medieval monastic ensemble of Ikalto is most notable for the ruins of the old academy, a religious and educational centre during the middle ages. The building dates from the 8th-9th centuries with its most noteworthy Church of the Transfiguration (8th-9th centuries). The prominent Georgian philosopher Arsen Ikaltoeli worked at the Academy in the period between the 11 th and the 12th centuries. According to legend, the famous Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli, author of the 12th century epic Knight in the Panther Skin, studied here. It is said, that every pupil kept a jug of wine under his desk, called a "doqi". When comprehension flagged, a cup was used to brighten the senses and re-stoke inspiration.
The Church of the Dormition (called Kvelatsminda), built in the 8th century is one of the most significant monuments of the transitional period. It is the only double-domed church in Georgia. Compared with the earlier monuments, it displays a greater tendency towards decoration and is more characterized by elevated proportions. The church has a spacey interior. It is built of thick cobble stone, typical of Kakhetian architecture; structural parts are of travertine, which adds a pictorial effect to the surface.
Vashlovani Protected Areas are located in the extreme eastern part of Georgia, in the Dedoplistskaro district. It consists of Vashlovani Strict Nature Reserve, Vashlovani National Park and Natural Monuments as follows: "Eagle Gorge", "Takhti-Tepa mud volcanoes","Juma Bay"and"Ala-zani Floodplains", total area of which is about 24924 ha. Vashlovani Protected Areas were opened in 2003.
Lagodekhi Protected Areas are located in the most northeastern part of Georgia, in the Lagodekhi District. This includes the Lagodekhi Strict Nature Reserve and Lagodekhi Managed Nature Reserve along the southern slopes of the main range of the Great Caucasus. The height of the Protected Areas varies within 400-3500 m above sea level. Recently Azerbaijan has signed an agreement with Georgia to allow hikers to pass back and forth over the border freely.
MUSEUMS David Gareji Historical-Architectural Museum-Reserve
David Gareji, Sagaredjo At present there are 16 medieval architectural monuments in the reserve. The monastery was founded in the 6th century by David, one of the thirteen Assyrian monks.
Alexander Chavchavadze House Museum
Tel: (+995 250) 7 17 51
The museum is located in the palace of the well-known Georgian poet, where one can see objects representing the poet's life and creative works. In 1835 there was built one of the first in wine cellars in Georgia. There is kept a unique collection of wine from many countries.
Grem-Nekresi State Historical-Architectural Museum-Reserve
Papunashvili Str. Gremi
The reserve includes the 16th c. Archangel church, a 16th c. wine cellar with a winepress, and districts of merchants and nobility. In the Gremi Museum (15th c. monument - a king's hall and three floor tower with a bell-tower) are displayed objects, unearthed in the reserve area.
Ilia Chavchavadze State House Museum
2 Shota Rustaveli Str. Kvareli Tel: (+995 252) 2 05 11
This complex includes family castle and house of outstanding Georgian poet and public figure Ilia Chavchavadze (1837-1907) and exposition hall as well.
State Museum of Niko Pirosmanashvili
The museum houses memorial objects of the poet and his family, poet's manuscripts, paintings, and archive of documents and photographs.
Mob: (+995 99) 97 61 94
The memorial museum complex of the famous Georgian painter Niko Pirosmanashvili (1862-1918) includes a house with supplementary buildings and an Exhibition Hall containing original works. The museum houses the personal belongings of the painter, a lithograph by Pablo Picasso "Portrait of Pirosmanashvili", works of 20th c. Georgian artists, manuscripts, etc.
Sighnaghi Historical and Ethnographical Museum
8 Rustaveli Str. Sighnaghi Mob: (+995 93) 26 48 83
The museum houses an archaeological collection from the Second Millennium B.C. and Late Bronze Age ceramics, adornments and weapons. It also features a 5th-19th c.c. numismatic collection, ethnographic objects from the first half of the 19th c, 20th century works by famous Georgian painters, etc.
Giorgi Chubinashvili Telavi State Historical and Ethnographical Museum
2, EreklellStr.Telavi Tel: (+995 250) 3 14 18
The museum complex includes the memorial palace of the Kakhetian King Erekle II (built in 1884-86), a court church, a philosophy school, a bath and tunnel built by Erekle II, also Ketevan lashvili Art Gallery.