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Discover must see places in Kakheti
21 August, 2018
Kakheti is located in the eastern part of Georgia. There are a variety of places for visitors to go in Kakheti: Telavi- is the administrative centre and historical capital of the old Kingdom of Kakheti. Here, Erekle II established a theological seminary and a theatre in the 18th century. Here is located one of the most beautiful Palaces in Georgia ,the Tsinandali Palace. It belonged to the 19th century poet and military figure Alexander Chavchavadze. The Palace ( which included an
historic winery) used to be the estate of the nobleman. The house is surrounded by a beautiful, well maintained garden while the palace itself serves as a museum about the Chavchavadze family.
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Tsinandali Palace, Photo courtesy: www.tsinandali.ge

Alaverdi Monastery - Just 20 km (12 miles) from Telavi, in the village of Alaverdi, is the Alaverdi Monastery. It was built at the beginning of the 11th century, and was one of the tallest buildings in Georgia until the construction of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi. The monastery was founded by the Assyrian monk Joseph Alaverdeli, who came from Antioch and settled in Alaverdi. Alaverdoba is anannual religious celebration related to the monastery. It is connected with the harvest festival and is celebrated in Alaverdi annually.
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Alaverdi Monastery, Photo courtesy: www.tourismcenter.ge

Ikalto – near Telavi, visitors have a chance to visit the IKalto Monastery. The Ikalto monastery was founded by Saint Zenon (one of the 13 Syrian Fathers) in the late 6th century. It used to be a major cultural and educational centre in Georgia. Arsen Ikaltoeli (Ikaltoeli meaning from Ikalto) in the early 12th century founded an academy at the monastery. The Academy of Ikalto gave classes in theology, rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, geography, geometry and chanting. They also trained students in pottery making, metal work, viticulture , wine making and pharmacology.
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Ikalto Monastery, Photo courtesy: www.allseasons.ge

Signagi – also called the City of Love. It is often visited by couples only for the purpose of getting married. It is a newly renovated city in Kakheti overlooking the Alazani valley and Caucasus Mountains. It is surrounded by a city wall. The latter is the second biggest wall after the Great Wall of China. The city is full of colorful pastel houses and narrow cobblestone streets with stunning landscapes. Near Signagi, visitors can visit Bodbe Monastery built in the 9th century. The nunnery preserves St. Nino’s relics.
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Signagi, Photo courtesy: www.imedinews.ge

Davit Gareja Monastery complex – the complex was established in the 6th century by one of the Assyrian monks St. David Garejeli. The area is a semi-desert containing churches, monasteries and cells curved out in the rocks. The landscapes and monastery complex are breathtaking.
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Davit Gareji, Photo courtesy: www.reginfo.ge,

Kvareli – is located in the Alazani valley. It is known for its Kindzmarauli wine, a semi-sweet red variety. One of the main touristdestinations in Kvareli is Kvareli Lake. Two rivers the Bursa and the Chagurgula flow into the lake. It is surrounded by forests. The place has been updated with well-developed infrastructure, hotels and pools. The Kvareli Lake resort is a perfect place to stay, to breath fresh air and chill out.
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Kvareli Lake, Photo courtesy: www.kvareli-kaxeti.blogspot.com

First photo courtesy: www.allwine.ge

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