10 interesting facts about Georgia, Europe

10 interesting facts about Georgia, Europe

Panoramic view of Sighnaghi in winery region of Georgia, Kakheti, during sunset in summer with Caucasus mountains in the background

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The beautiful former Soviet country of Georgia, resting high in the Caucasus Mountains at the meeting point of Europe and Asia, is the most sought-after tourist destination. In a short span of time, it has become the new darling of avid travellers, witnessing over a million international arrivals each year. If you wonder what makes this country so desirable, the fun facts about Georgia below will give you a better picture.

10 interesting facts about Georgia country

1. Georgia is a top destination for snowboarding and skiing

Girl is jumping with snowboard from the hill

One of the fun facts about Georgia, Europe is that it is one of the best choices for those who love snowboarding and skiing. With more than 10 meters of snow every year, and home to the Winter Olympics in 2014, this place is renowned as the best skiing destination in Georgia.

2. Georgia is one of the oldest wine producing regions of the world

Enjoying wine with the backdrop of Tbilisi old cityGeorgia is the birthplace of wine. It was accidentally produced for the first time between eight to ten thousand years ago in the Caucasian region. The wine was created by the incidental fermentation on grapes that was later forgotten in a container.
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3. Endless tourism opportunities

Tourists with hiking backpacks in mountain hike in Svaneti on summer day

From trekking, climbing, bird watching, horse riding; exploring natural beauties to discovering the art of wine making, Georgia has something to delight every tourist. Take advantage of skiing at the cheapest ski resorts in Europe or dig into ancient cave cities or explore some of the finest medieval architectures in the world or simply relax at world class beach resorts. Georgia has something for everyone.

Also Read: Best Time to Visit Georgia 

4. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Country – Mtskheta

Jvary monastery near Mtskheta, Georgia.
Jvary monastery near Mtskheta
One of the most interesting historical facts about Georgia, apart from its spectacular landscapes, hidden caves and medieval churches; is its several UNESCO World Heritage sites. It includes the ancient capital city of Mtskheta, a huge cathedral complex of Bagrati and Gelati and the mountainous region of Svaneti.

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5. Europe’s highest settlement in Georgia – Ushguli

Tbilisi at sunset
Tbilisi at sunset

Ushguli has a wide collection of ancient villages situated in the mountainous region of Svaneti. It is recognized as the highest settlement in Europe, at about 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) above sea level. Its stunning landscapes, remarkable cuisine, indigenous traditions and reach hospitability, Svaneti is the must see destination is Europe.

6. Georgia - one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world

Wild horses eating grass in Caucasus Mountains. Densely coniferous forests and high mountain peaks. Svaneti, Geogria.As there are numerous climate zones that are ranging from alpine to subtropical and to semi-desert, Georgia is known as one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world. Also few of the most exciting animals like bears, leopards and lynxes are found in the country's dense forests.

7. The world’s deepest cave – Veryovkina Cave in Georgia

If you are keen on the idea of going deep down in a steep vertical cave, the Veryovkina Cave is just the right thing for you. Hidden amidst the Gagra Mountain range of the West Caucasus region, the Veryovkina Cave is the deepest cave on the planet and is 7,257 feet deep. It is said that it takes approximately 27 days to reach the bottom of the cave. However, in the year 2018, Russian speleologists were able to scale down the cave in just a week.

8. Georgian script has a unique influence of Greek and Iranian languages.

Ancient stone carving in the Georgian alphabet

One of the unknown facts about Georgia is that it has its own writing system – the Georgian script, which was used to write in three different Georgian languages – Nuskhuri, Asomtavruli and Mkhedruli. This script originally had 38 alphabets but today, the Georgian language has 33 alphabets. One of these traits is the Georgian alphabet, which was influenced by the Greek and Iranian scripts but shaped into something uniquely Georgian. The language displays Greek influence in its letter ordering, while Iranian influences are also visible in the cursive shapes of the letters.

9. Tbilisi is derived from Georgian word for warm

The old town of Tbilisi, Georgia, with the fairy tale Clock Tower of puppet theater Rezo Gabriadze
Fairy tale Clock Tower of puppet theater Rezo Gabriadze in Tbilisi

Tbilisi - the capital of Georgia, got its name from the Old Georgian word 'Tpili’ which means 'warm'. The city also has one of the longest and steepest funiculars in the world to enjoy the breathtaking views of the city from the top of the hill.

10. The Jewish community in Georgia is considered to be one of the oldest in the world

Georgian Jews in the Caucasus are one of the oldest communities in the world. Divided into two groups, Georgian Jews have a 2,600-years old history while the Ashkenazi Jews came to the country in the 19th century. There are approximately 3,000 Jews living in Georgia today.

Also Read: Georgia: Jewel of the Caucasus 

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