Georgia

Did you know?

*  The year she was exiled from Georgia, Meri Shervashidze the muse of Galaktion Tabidze, won the title on the 1921 world beauty pageant in Istanbul...

*  Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park with the total area of 5 300 km2  is considered one of the largest national parks in Europe...

*  Soviet Russia recognized the independence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia with the 1920 Treaty of Moscow, provided that no foreign troops, not friendly to Russia, would ever be stationed on Georgian soil...

*  Erekle II (1720-1798), king of Kartl-Kakheti, married three times and had 13 and 10 daughters...

*  The cave city of Vardzia is a cultural symbol with a special place in the hearts of Georgians. In the 12th century, Giorgi III built caves as fortifications, but his daughter turned the military complex into a religious one.  It grew into a city of 50 000 people. Though none of the guides speak English, they're useful for leading you through the maze of caves.

*  The native people of Georgia call themselves Kartvelebi.

*  The highest mountain in Georgia is Mount Shkhara, with an altitude of 5 201 meters.

*  The Voronya Cave (aka Krubera-Voronia Cave), situated in Georgia, is the deepest known cave in the world.

*  The two major rivers in Georgia are Rioni and Mtkvari.

*  Wine making is an ancient tradition in Georgia.