JINVALI WATER RESERVIOUR Every day different, every day amazing, every single day fresh! You must have a stop somewhere on the edge of Jinvali to breathe the fresh air, to feel the power of mountains and beauty of lake.
Ananuri is a fortress situated on the foreland by the Aragvi River, not far from Zhinvali water reservoir and about 70 km from Tbilisi, Georgia. It was built by the Dukes of Aragvi and its earliest parts date from the 13th century. The fortress is on the UNESCO Tentative list. The fortress consist of two fortifications joined by a crenelated curtain wall. The upper fortification with a large square tower, known as Sheupovari, is well-preserved. The lower fortification, with a round tower, is mostly in ruins.
St. George monastic and Episcopal complex, situated in Bodbe (Kakheti) is the national Georgian relic. In St. George cathedral are kept the remains of Nino of Cappadocia, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the great Baptist of Georgia, the harbinger of Christianity. The cult complex in Bodbe was repeatedly repaired and restored. In the 16th – 17th centuries Bodbe was the important educational centre. In 1837 the monastery was abolished. And in 1889 the convent of St. Nino Equal-to-the-Apostles was opened and is active until now.
Sighnaghi is a small beautiful town of Kakheti region. About 10 years ago it was the forgotten dull town, which after the extensive restoration has become a delightful civilized tourist center with cobbled streets and cozy houses with bright red tile roofs. The town’s architecture is made in the style of southern Italian classicism. There have also been built a number of hotels and guest houses corresponding to any taste and preferences. Sighnaghi is also known as “the town of love”, and the reason is that there is a special wedding house, where you can get married at any time without prior delivery of documents.
Leave your preconceptions at home, because Yerevan (ԵՐԵՎԱՆ) will almost certainly confound them. This is a city full of contradictions – top-of-the-range Mercedes sedans share the roads with Ladas so old they should be in museum collections; old-fashioned teahouses sit next to chic European-style wine bars; and street fashions range from hipster to babushka with many weird and wonderful variations in between. Life here isn’t necessarily easy (costs are high, transport is crowded and air pollution is a constant problem), but it’s most certainly fun. In summer, locals take to the streets every night, claiming tables at the city’s many outdoor cafes, sauntering along its tree-filled boulevards and congregating around the much-loved musical fountain in Republic Sq. In winter, freezing temperatures encourage people off the streets and into the many pandoks (taverns) around town, where khoravats (barbecue meats), oghee (fruit vodka) and traditional music are enjoyed with gusto.
Few traces of the city’s ancient past remain, with most of the building stock dating from the Soviet era. Fortunately, the stolid architecture is softened by a wealth of gardens and parks, as well as a number of handsome public squares. Areas outside the city centre are less attractive, blighted by huge derelict Soviet-era factories and run-down apartment blocks.