I took a couple of day trips out of Tbilisi, and visited some interesting spots throughout the country.

Gremi is a 16th century church and castle complex.

Wine tasting in the eastern part of the country (Kvareli). Georgia is a big producer of wines. They have been making wine, for over 8000 years.

These holes in the floor have large clay pots (kvevri) where fermentation, storage and aging of traditional Georgian wine takes place.

This winery was built inside of a mountain. It was really cool inside (I needed a jacket) while it was hot outside.

The masterpiece of Early Christian Orthodox architecture, Jvari Monastery is dated 585-604AD. The name is translated as the Monastery of the Cross.

Stalin Museum. Joseph Stalin, the tyrannical ruler of the USSR, was Georgian, and born here in Gori in 1879. He was born by the name Iosif (Joseph) Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili.

His original house is preserved just outside the museum. In the 1930s, they tore down the other houses around it, and put this soviet facade around it.

Uplistsikhe Cave Town is an abandoned rock-hewn town, which once played an important role in Georgian history. The place was founded in the late Bronze Age, around 1000 BC, and continued to be inhabited until 13th century AD, when the Mongols came and destroyed it.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta is masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages. It is currently the second largest church building in Georgia, after the Holy Trinity Cathedral.



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