August 2019
  • Day9

    Batumi

    August 16, 2019 in Georgia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Georgia's primary port, located on the Black Sea. The first four pictures are taken around the city on a drizzly day. Fifth is the Black Sea from Batumi. The last is the Black Sea coast, just across the border in Turkey.Read more

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  • Day9

    Prometheus Caves

    August 16, 2019 in Georgia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Large cavern discovered recently. Here are various pictures inside the cave. The last one is from the boat ride to the cave exit.

  • Day9

    Bagrati's Cathedral

    August 16, 2019 in Georgia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    In Kataisi. Built in the 11th century, attributed to King Bagrati. The church is restored after being destroyed by the Ottoman invasion. Architectural work and historic study began shortly after WW1 when the Ottoman empire fell. Reconstruction was only completed in 2012. It is now an active church. The pictures are various looks inside and outside of the cathedral.Read more

  • Day8

    Kataisi

    August 15, 2019 in Georgia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Second largest city in Georgia, located in the west central part of the country. Former capital of this kingdom.
    The old market and it's one exterior wall. The wall is a bas relief but may be hard to see given the angle of the light. The others are street scenes.
    Seems like a tired town
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  • Day8

    Uplistsikhe Caves

    August 15, 2019 in Georgia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Underground cave city with evidence of habitation dating to the 11th century BCE, with major development beginning in the 2nd millenium BCE. Much destroyed by earthquakes. Also a trading center on the silk road, and former capital of western Georgia.
    The first pic looks up Main Street. Second is the apothecary. Third is Queen Tamar's Hall, even though there is no evidence that that only "female King" was ever here. Next is one of the caves. Fifth is a ceiling dating to Roman tines in the 1st century BCE when Pompeii was here. Last is a destroyed three nave church converted from a pre-Christian temple. The new church, 17th century, is above.
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  • Day8

    Gori

    August 15, 2019 in Georgia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Stalin's birthplace, also know for it's castle/fortress. The pictures are a statue of Stalin, his first office from the Kremlin, his private rail car, the house where he was born. The last two are of the Gori castleRead more

  • Day7

    Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

    August 14, 2019 in Georgia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Major cathedral in the former capital, before Tbilisi became capital in the 5th century. This is where Christianity came to Georgia in the 4th century. Legend has it that the mantle of Christ is buried here. The pics are the building, a detail of the outside and several inside pics.Read more

  • Day6

    Stepantsminda

    August 13, 2019 in Georgia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    In English, the name means St. Stephen. It's a town not too far from the Russian border. Founded by a hermit monk who built his hermitage here, and the town grew up around it.
    First is a look up to the old church and monastery on the ridge above the city. Second is of inside. Then views from the ridge. Last is a look at the city from up top.Read more

  • Day6

    Ananuri

    August 13, 2019 in Georgia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    13th century ducal fortress with 17th church and monastery. First is a look at the fortress, followed by two pics of the carving on the exterior of the church. Then the iconostasis and a bit of fresco that survived a fire. Finally a look through one of the fortress openings at the view.Read more