Georgia is a unitary, semi-presidential republic in Eurasia, located in the Caucasus region, at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the north, Azerbaijan to the southeast, Turkey and Armenia to the south, and to the Black Sea to the West. Its capital and biggest city is Tbilisi. Georgia encompasses 69,700 km2 and is divided into nine regions, one city, and two autonomous republics, which are further subdivided into 69 districts.
Where to go
Tbilisi Open Air Museum of Ethnography - The Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography in Tbilisi exhibits examples of folk architecture and craftwork from different regions of Georgia. The museum covers 52 hectares and is divided into 11 zones, featuring approximately 70 buildings and over 8,000 items. It also hosts an annual summertime folk culture festival called Art-Gene, founded by rock musician and folk enthusiast Zaza Korinteli. Georgian Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum was founded on 27 April 1966 by Georgian ethnographer Giorgi Chitaia, after whom the museum was named.
Samtavro Transfiguration Orthodox Church - One of the most popular attractions in Georgia is the Samtavro Transfiguration Orthodox Church and Nunnery of St. Nino, which is located in Mtskheta. The original church was built in the 4th century by King Mirian III of Iberia, but was reconstructed in the 11th century by King George I and Catholicos-Patriarch Melkisedek. The yard of the Samtavro Church is the site of the final resting place of famous Georgian monk Gabriel.
Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi - The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, also known as Sameba, is the primary cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi. The church is relatively new, constructed between 1995 and 2004, and is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world. It is also considered to be among the largest religious buildings in the South Caucasus.
Take a short flight to Minsk, the capital and largest city of Belarus. Tourism is not a priority in Minsk, and you might have to learn a little Russian to be able to get around easily, but the city has plenty of attractions that would be of interest to visitors. Culture-centred attractions include the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, Belarus National Museum of History and Culture, and The Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War. Those who have an appreciation for architecture or religious structures should visit St Mary Magdeline Church and the majestic Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church. If mass tourism is more your thing, go to Paris to visit the ever so popular Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame de Paris, then go on a shopping spree at one of the most famous shopping streets in the city, Champs Elysées.
Unfortunately, most, if not all, of the destinations served by Georgia's main airport are only within Europe. There are currently no direct long-haul flights from Georgia.
How to get out
The main international airport in Georgia is Tbilisi International Airport, located 17 km southeast of Tbilisi. The airport offers passenger service to Athens, Moscow, Sharjah, Almaty, Riga, Istanbul, Baku, Minsk, Ürümqi, Dnipropetrovsk, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Amsterdam, Batumi, Kutaisi, Tel Aviv, Paris, Samara, St Petersburg, Vienna, Vladikavkaz, Warsaw, Munich, Aktau, Kiev, and Yekaterinburg. Flights are offered by several airlines, including Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Arabia, China Southern Airlines, Georgian Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, and Pegasus Airlines.
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