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Ananuri Complex

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In Mtiuleti. at 66.3 km along the kazbegi from Tbilisi, one encounters Zhinvali Reservoir and the Ananuri Complex on the right back of the Aragvi River.The historical city of Ananuri is covered by the reservoir, having beenlocated at a traade route junction.

Surrounded by a wall mounted with towers, the Ananuri Compex includes a central dome-style church built in 1689, a small domed Church of the Divinity, .

a 17 Century hall church, a Khevsureian tower with a pyramid roof,and a bell tower. Ananuri was the residence of the Dukes of Aragvi in the 17-18 Centuies.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Jvari Pass, Gudarui

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The highest point of Jvari pass is located at 125 km from Tbilisi, on the main watershed of the Caucasus, which is considered as the border of Europe and Asia by the National Geographic Society. Gudauri, a mountain ski resort, is at 120 km, which marks the start of the Kazbegi municipality. The slopes of Gudauri offer unlimited opportunities for all levels of skiers

There is a so-called “ Viewpoint’ situated near Gudauri(at 123 km) from which Beautiful vistas unfold

In the last section of the pass, There is the Jvari Pass Travertines and the bitter mineral water”Vedza”.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Truso Gorge

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The Truso Gorge begins 25 km from town of Stepantsminda in the direction of Tbilisi, by the Village of Kobi on the upper fork of the Terek River This Gorge is comprised of two ridges: the Caucasian watershed over which the Georgian Military Road passes and the Gimara-Kazbegi Massif. The length of the gorge’s motorway is 31 km Truso Gorge includes 15 deserted villages. The gorge was gradually deserted starting in the 19 century The gorge is rich in hydrocarbonated mineral waters.

These villages are beautiful examples of late medieval alpine residential complexes. There are also some modern settlements in the gorge along with the historic ruins.

Mineral waters at the village of Ketrisi and Abano flow on the slopes towards the Terek River and leave mineral deposits along the way a travertine.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Ketrisi

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KETRISI for Kobi 14.3km Elevation 2150m Coordinates: 42.5973N; 44.40265E B2 .

The deserted village is situated on the left bank of the Tergi(Terek) river. The residential buildings have been damaged with only one six - storey battle tower being preserved.

On the opposite side of the village there is another five-storey residential tower on the other side of the river. The buildings belong to the 17-18 centuries. Here one encounters a natural monument – The Ketrisi Mineral Springs .

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Abano Village And Bukbuka Lake

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Abano Village is located in the Truso Gorge, on the left bank of the Tergi(Terek) River. The name here corresponds to the thermal waters.

Abano is one of the old settlements of the Truso Gorge, where three 17-18 century towers a late period church stand

By the village of Ketrisi, on the left bank of the Trek, yhere is Bukbuka(Rumbling) Lake which is mistakeny called"Abano Lake". This natural monument, located at the bottom of the mountain, releases carbon dioxide bubbles of the mountain, releases carbon dioxide bubbles with a great noise, imparting to it a rare beauty.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Zakagori

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The Zakagori Complex is located at the confluence at the Tergi (Trek) and Suatisi River on a high mountain that is difficult to access. In the Middle Ages, The village had an important place in the defensive system of the Truso Gorde .

The residential core if the village is from 13-14 centuries, with the towers belonging to the 17 century. It single pan system and consists of five residential precincts , one tower house, two defensive towers, and a tow defensive towers, and a town wall..

A tenth century hall church dedicated to the Archangel stands to the east of the village on top of a mountain. There had been an inscription above the door informing us that 330 pounds of salt was spent on the construction of the building.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Kelitsadi Lake

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Kelitsadi Lake is situated on a volcanic plateau between the summits of Sherkhota and Khorikhari. It is possible to climb up to iit via a difficult trail from the Truso Gorge.

The lake is covered with ice and snow for nine months. The best time to reach it is in august and September.

Because of the close proximity to the de-facto border, visitors need a special pass.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Kanobi, Castle

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The village of kanobii is located on the left back of the Tergi(Terek) River 15,6 km away from the town of stepantsminda, on a stunning rocky carag.

A 18 centur castle is preserved in the middle of the village.

. The three-storey building includes a tower. Kanobi castle is a typical example of a Mokheveian castle.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Sioni, Sakhiznari Cliff

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Located at 8.8 km from the town of Stepantsminda at the foot of Mt.Kabarjina(3136 m)is the village of Sioni. The beautiful Mt. Kabarjina is a dormant volcano. Sakhiznari Cliff is situated at the bottom of the mountain, being formed from solidified lava flows and distinguished by strange forms and a spectrum of colors.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Sioni Complex

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The Khevi-Sioni complex is erected on a rocky crag on a continuation of MT. Kabarjine, having a three-nave basilica with a bell tower and a defensive tower. The church was built at the trun of the 9-10 centuries on an artificially constructed pedestal.

There is an iconostasis contemporarywith the cathedral preserved in the church interior. The bell tower at the entrance to the rampart of the church was built later and there is a so-called “meeting Room”

A Four-storey pyramid towe built at the same time as the church stands a short distance from it at the edge of a cliff.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Garbani Church

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The villages of Sioni and Garbani are separated by the Terkhena River. Garbani is situated six kilometers away from the town. A 9-10 century hall church called "The Golden St. George" with ossuaries on the south and north sides stands to the south-east of the village.

There are some asomtavruli inscriptions on the southern facade. There are some contemporary, individual examples of stone carvings and a few akldamas (a type of tomb) in the church yard.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Ananuri Complex

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In Mtiuleti, at 66.3 km along the way to Kazbegi from Tbilisi, one encounters Zhinvali Reservoir and the Ananuri Complex on the right bank of the Aragvi River. The historical city of Ananuri is covered by the reservoir, having been located at a trade route junction

Surrounded by a wall mounted with towers, the Ananuri Complex includes a central dome-style church built in 1689, a small domed Church of the Divinity, a 17" century hall church, a Khevsurian tower with a pyramid roof, and a bell tower Ananuri was the residence of the Dukes of Aragvi in the 17"-18" centuries.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Arsha Fortress and Waterfall

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To the left of the Tergi (Terek) River, a rocky path follows the Chkhatistskali River towards a mountain slope from the village of Arsha (6.6 km from the village). The path (1.5 km) takes one to Arsha Fortress and a waterfall. The waterfall has two cascades.

Khevi's impregnable medieval Arsha Fortress (also called Ogre Cave) stands on the right bank of the Chkhatistskali River on a rocky hill. The fortress controlled the Terek Gorge from the village of Pansheti to Jvari Pass.

Arsha Fortress is a natural fortress. There is a damaged 9"-10" century church on the grounds of the fortress (300x150 m.). A trace of numerous structures can be made out on the lower level. Arsha Fortress was active until the beginning of the 19" century.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Gaiboteni

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The village of Gaiboteni is located on the left bank of the Tergi (Terek) River, six kilometers away from Stepantsminda. Out of all the villages in Khevi, Gaiboteni has preserved its ancient appearance most of all. Two late medieval towers stand out from the buildings, a church dedicated to St. Thomas Sunday and a housing complex. There is a tunnel in the village through which people escaped to the village of Toti during invasions.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Pansheti

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DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Sno Fortress

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The main attraction of the village of Sno is a late medieval castle- hall Sno Fortress has walls that are scattered on a rocky massif The fortress and two-metre high cliff come across as an inseparable monolith. There is a tall tower and a rampart ending with machicolations

There is an oral tradition ascribing the construction of the fortress to the regional governor, Shiola Ghudushauri. The construction dates back to the turn of the 16-17" centuries. This fortress controlled a short route connecting the North Caucasus to Kartli and Khevsureti

Residential dwellings built of schist characteristic of the late Middle Ages are preserved in the village of Sno

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Tsveris Spatangelozi

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In the village of Sno, on Mount Angel (Tsveri Spatangelozi), there is a religious complex which in elevation, is the second highest shrine in Khevi after Bethlehem on Mkinvare. From here there is a beautiful view of a glacier and the entire Kazbegi district is visible.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Juta, Chaukhi

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The village of Juta is the highest settlement in Kazbegi (altitude 2200 m.). It is 24 km from the town of Stepantsminda to the village of Juta.

A footpath goes from Juta to Mount Chaukhi (5-6 km). The Chaukhi mountain range is located on the main ridge of the Khevi Caucasus, at the source of the Bakurkhevi River (3688 m.). From here the road crosses over into Khevsureti via a pass.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Gergeti Trinity Church

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Gergeti Trinity Church Coordinates: 42.66243°N, 44.62036°E, for Stepantsminda 5.7 km. Elevation: 2216 m.

Khevi's main house of prayer, Gergeti Trinity Church, is situated on a branch of Mt. Kazbegi. Built all at once in the 14" century, the complex is unified compositionally and artistically, having a dome church and a bell tower surrounded by a rampart. We enter the church yard via the bell tower's first floor and come standing at the south facade, to which a meeting hall for the village elders was added later.

Gergeti Trinity Church is a cruciform dome church. Some iconography was uncovered on a tall stone iconostasis in 2006, with one of the images - a fresco of St. Nino, the Enlightener of Georgia - being significant. Gergeti Trinity Church and Bethlehem cave functioned as a repository for the treasury of Svetitskhoveli during invasions.

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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Gveleti

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The village of Gveleti is at 6.6 km into the Dariali gorge. Some sights in Gveleti are a waterfall and a heart-shaped lake, which is also called Love Lake due to its form. The distance to the waterfall via a trail is 700 m. from the village.

DATE: December 20 ,2018
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Mkinvartsveri

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One of the most beautiful peaks of the Caucasus, mt. Mkinvartsveri (mt. Kazbegi), stands opposite to the town of Stepantsminda on the left side of the Tergi (Terek) river. Its elevation is 5,047 m. There are eight glaciers here. According to a legend, the peak was ascended by a monk, loseb Mokheve, for the first time in the 18" century..

DATE: December 20 ,2023
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