What to See & Eat in Georgia
Along the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia is situated in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Georgia’s landscape is made up primarily of mountainous regions and lakes. This is a great destination for active travelers who are interested in learning all about Georgia’s extensive history. Read more to discover the best sights and dining options in the area.
Where to Sightsee
In addition to the beautiful scenery found in Georgia, the country also features stunning churches that are a must-visit for tourists.
Holy Trinity Cathedral
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is the center of the Georgian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi. It is also the tallest Orthodox Church in the city. It took seven years to build, and after completion, it was recognized as a symbol of “New Georgia.” A unique handwritten Bible and other sacred items are kept inside the church.
The Ananuri Fortress faces the Aragvi River and houses two churches inside of the complex, The Church of Assumption and the Church of the Virgin. It also overlooks the Zhinvali reservoir, which provides Tbilisi with drinking and utility water. The fortress is open from 9 AM – 7 PM, and admission is free. There is a small souvenir and snack shop outside of the fortress for grab and go items.
Jvari Monastery is one of the most well-known attractions in Georgia. The name Jvari actually translates to “cross.” This site is where Christianity was introduced in Georgia when Saint Nino grounded a cross with a grapevine. The monastery overlooks Mtskheta, the Mtvari river, and the Aragvi river. Each river flows from a different country – the Aragvi river flows from Georgia, and the Mtvari flows from Turkey.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is one of the largest churches in Georgia. The ten-century-old building has preserved its beauty for everyone to enjoy. Legends say the cross Jesus Christ was crucified on was distributed to different places. Local legends shared throughout Georgia say a piece of the cross and Jesus Christ’s robe are buried on the property grounds.
Where to Eat
Georgia cuisine features delicious dishes including Khachapuri and Khinkali. Khachapuri is a bread filled with cheese. Khinkali is a Georgian dumpling — it tastes similar to Chinese dumplings. Each dumpling is filled with either beef or pork and boiled broth. Try them at Batoni, one of the most frequented places of tourists and locals in old town Tbilisi.
Churchkhela, commonly known as Georgian Snickers, is a traditional candy made of a long string of nuts dipped in concentrated fruit juice. Originally it was only made with grape juice, but now you can taste a variety of flavors including cherry, apple, kiwi, and honey. You can find these snacks along the streets of Tbilisi and Mtskheta.
If you want a trip where you can explore, wind down, and enjoy local cuisine, then Georgia is the place for you. Learn about the culture, religion, and history while visiting the beautifully decorated cathedrals. Taste the traditional cuisine and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset. Georgia is a great destination for history buffs and foodies alike.