27 July 2008

Mithridrates VI-Daryal-escape

Mithridrates VI-Daryal-escape, originally uploaded by grijsz.

Mithridates escaping via Daryal Gorge, 200x155cm, Oil,2008, Hans Heiner Buhr

With no escape left, Mithridates VI of Pontus had to cross with a few men left the Greater Caucasus Range via Daryal Gorge on his flight from Pompey in 65 BC



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22 July 2008

Narikala St.Nicholas Church

This is recently restored St.Nicholas church in the yard of ancient Narikala fortress. Narikala walls date from different period (the earliest 4th century), but the main fortifications we can see today are from 16-17th century. The original name of the citadel was "shuris tsikhe" meaning "fortess of envy", but the name "Narikala" was given later and it means "impartial fortress" in Persian. You can get wonderful views on Tbilisi from here.

08 July 2008

One day trip to Kazbegi - Gergeti Trinity Church

Gergeti trinity church (Tsminda Sameba in Georgian) was built in 14th century. It is situated on Mount Kazbegi, one of the highest and most beautiful peaks of Caucasus, at an elevation of 2400 meters, in the village of Gergeti near Stepantsminda. Gergeti church is the main chapel of Khevi. You can take a minibus from Didube station, get off in the central square of Stepantsminda and then have a walk up to the mountain. It is a popular place for trekkers.

On the way to Kazbegi

Travertine minerals on the way to Kazbegi


Trippers :) Sopho, Ani, Tatia, Nini, Nutsa

Gergeti church

View from Gergeti

Another view from Gergeti

Facade and bell-tower of the church

"Kalmakhi" in the yard of Tsminda Sameba