100 Monuments of Georgia
Alexandre Noneshvili, Tamar Ninikashvili,
Georgia is a small mountainous country located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, South from the Kavkasioni range, between Black and Caspian Seas. Its history rises along with
the history of mankind.
Today Georgia covers the territory of 69,700 sq. km. There are oficially confirmed and listed more than 12 000 monuments
of material culture and nature in Georgia.
The word ’monument’ as a rule is associated with important historical event and/or a specimen of art created to glorify
a noted personality. Figuratively speaking we call monument a literary work, remnants of the material culture of the past, digest of laws, a sentence, a ruling…
This book will promote monuments of this country – material culture specimens and rare exhibits created by the nature itself: temples, churches and monasteries and other places of worship, fortified strongholds, museums, as well as one-of-a-kind
swaying and moving boalders, natural rocky pillars, deep canyons and volcanic frames, natural bridges, marvellous
Monuments are represented by regions. Unfortunately, nowadays Georgian jurisdiction does not cover Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region where there are many monuments of material culture and nature. In spite of this, we decided to provide narratives about them as well, as Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region belong to historical Georgia and, sooner or later,
both these corners will return back to their motherland.
It goes without saying that within the format of the book many sights which in our judgment deserve attention, could not be covered in this book. However, we hope that the objects presented hereunder will foment interest of the readership
to get closer view on the wonder sights of our nation and
more insights in the history and culture of this country.