The Daily Telegraph writes about Georgia; Xiang; Georgian Journal

The national British daily broadsheet newspaper “The Daily Telegraph” has recently published an article about Georgia entitled “Is Georgia the new Puglia? With new direct flights, get there before the masses do.”

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Look at the Republic of Georgia’s Weird and Awesome Architecture; Victoria Borisch; Fodor’s

Discover how Georgia’s unique mix of architectural styles combines the future and past of this exotic South Caucasus country. From its language and culture to its mishmash of architectural styles, the Republic of Georgia’s extensive, and sometimes tumultuous, history has led to the development of a place that is truly one of a kind.

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Georgia invented viticulture, now its wine scene is taking Europe by storm; Noo Saro Wiwa; City AM

It has been said that Georgians ‘think with European minds and feel with Asian hearts’.

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Euronews publishes yet another articles about Tbilisi and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Euronews has published two new articles about Georgia.

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Jvari Monastery: a special monument in Georgian history; Claudio Rosmino; Euro News

Jvari Monastery is treasured particularly as it was related to the declaration of Christianity as a state religion in Georgia

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UNESCO World Heritage village of Chazhashi under restoration; Agenda.ge

Georgia – Upper Svaneti

Dozens of unique medieval buildings in Georgia’s UNESCO-recognised Chazhashi village have been restored by professionals in an ongoing project set to be completed in two years’ time.

The location, part of the Upper Svaneti province inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1996, has been under restoration and preservation works since 2014.

In an effort to illustrate the work in progress, the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia released a short video showing the rehabilitation work and sights of the village.

Showing the medieval defensive buildings dotting the site, the footage also offers a close-up look at the architectural and material details of the constructions giving Chazhashi its unique look.

The agency also said over 30 medieval towers and machubi (first storey of traditional Svan houses for winter residence) had been restored out of 50 buildings selected within the state project ongoing for four years.

Efforts already completed also include conservation of the original stone material for a local church and setting up of its roof.

Read more from source: UNESCO World Heritage village of Chazhashi under restoration (VIDEO)

Forbes: Why Georgia is the next great food and wine destination; Georgian Journal

Georgia – Gelati Monastery

Georgian culture, traditions and hospitality often attract the attention of the leading international media. World-famous publications such as Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Independent, Forbes, National Geographic, Culture Trip, etc. often publish the articles about famous Georgian wine, tourist attractions, ancient traditions still preserved in Georgia’s mountains and special hospitality characteristic for the Georgian people.

This time, Forbes explores the wine regions of Georgia, which, according to the publication, “are worth the journey.”

“Along the way you’ll experience Georgia’s natural beauty, the monasteries and churches that dot the hillsides and rivers — even monasteries that make wine — and learn the ways of the Supra, a true Georgian feast,” reads the article written by Adam Morganstern, the journalist and professional photographer.

The journalist starts his journey in Georgia with one of the most distinctive and important wine regions, Kakheti, which is considered to be the hub of winemaking.

Read more from source: Forbes: Why Georgia is the next great food and wine destination

Works on Gelati Monastery bring international standards to site; Agenda.ge

Georgia – Gelati Monastery

The Gelati Monastery, one of Georgia’s major cultural heritage sites, is undergoing efforts to place it among monuments enjoying tourist infrastructure and support of highest quality.

Major restoration and conservation works, ongoing for years at the UNESCO World Heritage List monument, are ensuring preservation of the building’s construction, while its surrounding area is being renovated.

The National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia today released a short video featuring the 12th century monastery under specialist work.

The state agency said groups of architects and restoration experts were involved in the years-long process supported by World Bank, the Embassy of the United States in Georgia and the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia.

Particular aspects of the work include conservation of the stone material of the main monastery, while its roof structure is also under expert attention.

The overall project for the site also includes construction of a visitor centre in the area, to be placed within the encompassing Kutaisi Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve.

Read more from source: Works on Gelati Monastery bring international standards to site (VIDEO)

Day Trips from Tbilisi Georgia; Jen; Venturists

Georgia – Historical Monuments of Mtskheta

Tbilisi Georgia is beginning to show up on the not-to-be-missed destination lists for more and more travelers. This Eurasian country, seated between Turkey, Russia and the Black Sea, has much to offer a would-be visitor. It has an ancient old town with steamy sulfur baths, a rich wine-making tradition, fascinating history including a fairly recent transition from communism to a democratic republic, and fantastic regional cuisine. While this list provides reasons enough to plan a trip to this lesser known destination, Tbilisi also gives access to a number of day trips that offer a completely different experience outside the Georgian capital. Here are a few of Tbilisi’s most popular day trips that give you a few more reasons to consider discovering Georgia.

David Gareja Monastery

The David Gareja Monastery, which was named after its founding father and one of the original preachers of the Christian gospel, was constructed in the 6th century. The most impressive characteristic of the site is that it’s literally built into the stone hillside border between Georgia and Azerbaijan. The cave complex is composed of hundreds of cells, living quarters, churches, chapels, and dining areas.

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State of conservation of Historical Monuments of Mtskheta; Unesco

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Georgia – Historical Monuments of Mtskheta

In February 2018, a joint UNESCO/ICOMOS/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission will take place to the World Heritage property “Historical Monuments of Mtskheta” (Georgia), as requested by the World Heritage Committee to assess current conditions at the property.

The World Heritage property of the Historical Monuments of Mtskheta was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1994 and on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2009.

In this context, the Georgian authorities developed reinforced collaboration with the World Heritage Centre through the signature, in October 2015, of an agreement for technical assistance by UNESCO to Georgia within the framework of a project “Cultural Heritage Advisory Service to the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation (NACHP)”  financially supported by the World Bank.

This technical assistance, primarily intended to lead to removing the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger, had larger objectives: to enhance the institutional and technical capacity of the national and local authorities, to ensure cross-institutional collaboration, and to ensure long-term planning and the reinforcement of management mechanisms and capacities required to deal with the integration and sustainable implementation of heritage protection and development needs.

Source: State of conservation of Historical Monuments of Mtskheta