Gor­geous Ge­or­gia

The Observer Magazine - - Travel -

Caves, moun­tains, monas­ter­ies: three sites not to miss Ge­lati Monastery One of Ge­or­gia’s proud­est at­trac­tions, this monastery com­plex in the rolling hills out­side Ku­taisi – dubbed ‘a sec­ond Jerusalem’ by im­pressed me­dieval chron­i­clers – is fa­mous for its fres­coes and mo­saics, and the grave of its founder, David the Builder.

Svaneti The ex­tra ef­fort it takes to reach this re­mote re­gion of north­west Ge­or­gia is re­warded by stun­ning moun­tain scenery, fan­tas­tic trekking and an in­tro­duc­tion to the dis­tinc­tive cul­tural her­itage of the Svan peo­ple, renowned for their an­cient watch­tow­ers and poly­phonic singing.

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