"Churches" Georgia Things to Do Tip by maykal

Georgia Things to Do: 133 reviews and 389 photos

  Jvari in Mtskheta
by maykal

Visit at least one church or monastery. Georgia is full of them, and all of them seem to be in stunning locations. I'm not a Christian, or an architecture buff, but I didn't get tired of visiting churches in Georgia.
Churches were often built inside huge protective walls, so some look like miniature fortresses. Inside the main gate, there are usually several old women begging, and most Georgians give at least a few tetris. Inside the church, there is usually a woman selling candles, and it is not heard of for a Georgian to enter a church without lighting at least one candle...visitors should do the same. Women are supposed to cover their heads, but this is not a strict rule, and my hosts did not cover their heads and caused no problems. The Tsminda Sameba church in Kazbegi is usually locked, but you can get into the graveyard. When I was there, there was a lot of blood on the church steps, adn there are stories about sheep sacrifices here...some say paganism is still alive and well in this area.

Directions: The best ones are Tsminda Sameba in Kazbegi, Jvari in Mtskheta (see picture), Ananauri on the Georgian Military Highway, and Gelati near Kutaisi.

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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