Explore Borjomi and its nearby landmarks
20 July, 2017
Explore Borjomi and its nearby landmarks
If you look for a place with beautiful greenery and historic landmarks, then definitely consider visiting Borjomi and its nearby cities.
There are a lot of amazing places in Georgia, and Borjomi is one of them. It is a resort town in south-central Georgia, in particular the Samtskhe-Javakheti region. It is located Borjomi Gorge on the eastern edge of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. The town is famous for its mineral water industry (which is the number one export product of
Georgia), the Romanov summer palace in Likani, and the World Wide Fund for Nature-site Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park.

Borjomi mineral water is particularly well known in those countries which were part of the former Soviet Union; the bottling of mineral water is a major source of income for the area. The use of Borjomi water has been suggested by the Georgian and Russian researchers for complex treatment of several digestive diseases and diabetes mellitus, so it is a frequent destination for people with health problems. Borjomi water is exported to over 40 countries.

One can travel to Borjomi by public transport. Minibuses from Didube Bus Terminal to Borjomi leave every day, every hour (8 Gel, 2 hr). Trains from Central Railway Station to Borjomi leave every day (2 Gel, 4 hr and 30 min).

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Photo Courtesy Georgian Tourism Association

There are a lot of worth seeing places in Town, but the first thing you must do is to see Borjomi park. The park occupies quite big territory and providing fresh air and nice environment. The most important places in the Borjomi Park are ropeway and glass building where spring water comes directly from under the ground.

Ropeway is not really expensive (approximately 2Gel).There are also few amusement attractions in Borjomi Park adrenaline lovers. Close to the park is Borjomi bottling factory that organizes excursions for visitors to give the insight into Borjomi production technology.

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Photo Courtesy Irakli Khvibliani

The second must see landmark is the Green Monastery adjacent to Borjomi city. It is located 8 km away from Borjomi, in village Chitakhevi and represents 9th century Monks’ Monastery. In order to get to the monastery, it is necessary to take the course in the direction of Akhaltsikhe. 1,200 m from the central road can be covered either by foot or by car.

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Photo Courtesy Zura Nemsitsveridze

Vardzia

Another highly recommended place near Borjomi to visit is Vardzia. The cave city is located in Aspindza Municipality, 110 km away from Borjomi. It represents XII-XIII century city carved in the rocks. In order to reach Vardzia you must take the course toward Akhaltsikhe, and from Akhaltsikhe to Aspindza. You need 1-2 hours see the monument completely.

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Photo Courtesy SaLo Baramidze

Rabati

Rabati – is located in the town of Akhaltsikhe, 50 km away from Borjomi. It represents IX century fortress in the historical district of Akhaltsikhe, called Rabati, which is considered a symbol of tolerance. You can see hundred meters apart a Christian church, Jewish synagogue and Muslim mosque. In 2012 Rabati fortress underwent a restoration and nowadays, by its area, it is the largest fortress complex in Georgia.

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Photo Courtesy Archil Kikvadze

Sapara

Sapara – is a monastery in Akhaltsikhe Municipality, 60 km away from Borjomi. It dates back to the X century. In order to reach Sapara, you must go toward Akhaltsikhe, and from Akhaltsikhe to the south there is a gravel road leading to Sapara. One can drive a lightweight vehicle to Sapara only in good weather.


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Photo Courtesy G.Ghavtadze

Timotesubani

Timotesubani is a home to the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin dating back to the XII-XIII centuries. It it is located in Borjomi Municipality, 17 km away from the center of Borjomi. There one will come across homes with beautiful carvings and patterns that, as reported, were built during medieval times. In order to reach Timotesubani, you have to drive toward the direction of Bakuriani and turn toward Timotesubani village in the center of Tsaghveri borough.

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Photo Courtesy Archil Kikvadze

Chule Monastery

Chule Monastery – it is located in Adigeni Municipality, 75 km away from Borjomi. It represents XIV century St. George domed church. In order to reach Chule Monastery, you must take the direction toward Akhaltsikhe, and from Akhaltsikhe to the west to Adigeni. It is accessible by any means of transportation.

Author: Bedisa Dumbadze

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