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Resort Nunisi

The resort Nunisi is located in the beautiful village of Nunisi and is surrounded by mixed, deciduous and coniferous forests. There is no other similar resort in the world due to its healing properties. Nunisi healing water is useful for those who suffer from skin and nervous diseases. And in the spring, during the flowering of pines and spruces, the resort air has an amazing healing effect and it is especially beneficial for the lungs and bronchi.

 

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Tetra Cave

Tetra Cave belongs to the cast cave category with its finest stalactites and stalagmites. Here one will discover the history of ancient people living in the cave and evidence that proves this fact. Apart from this, visitors will be introduced to 8000 years history of Georgian wine. The cave offers three different types of Imeretian wine, for wine tasting.

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Gelati Monastery

Gelati Monastic Complex is an important historical monument of Georgia. It was built by one of the most powerful kings of Georgia, David IV the Builder. The construction lasted between 1106 to 1125 and it was finally finished in 1130. The main landmark of the complex is the Cathedral of the Virgin. The painting of the dome of the temple dates back to the 12th century. The mosaic composition of the Virgin and the Archangels in the sanctuary, which dates from 1125-1130, is very important.

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Motsameta Monastery

Motsameta Monastery is one of the most important monuments of Georgian culture. It is located in the gorge of the Tskaltsitela river, surrounded by the blue stone mountains of the Imereti region. The name Motsameta means the place of martyrs, which is often difficult for foreign visitors to perceive and pronounce. In the 8th century, during the invasion of Georgia by a cruel Arab ruler Marwan, the Arabs tortured David and Constantine, the nobles of Argveti and threw their bodies into the Tskaltsitela River.

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Katskhi Temple of the Savior

Katskhi temple was built at the beginning of the XI century. It was built by powerful feudals - the Baghvashi. The temple was burned down twice and it was rebuilt in the 16th century. The Katskhi Temple is one of the most distinctive and original monuments of Georgian architecture. An architectural monument of similar forms is not found anywhere else. The building is surrounded by a pentagonal fence.

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Mgvimevi Nunnery

Mghvimevi Nunnery, founded in the 13th century, is one of the most unique monuments in Georgia. The nunnery complex consists of many buildings. The main temple is named after the Savior. It is a two-aisled basilica, which are separated from each other by arches supported by massive columns. The facade of the building is decorated with very beautiful carvings. There is the Mghvimevi cave behind the central temple, where services are held on major holidays.

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Ubisa Monastery

St George's church of Ubisa Monastic Complex was built on the verge of IX-X centuries. The two-aisled basilica belongs to the XII century. The Ubisa Monastery was an important cultural center. Books have been copied here for centuries, there were schools of embossing and icon painting. The Ubisa monastery has preserved unique samples of Georgian painting school. The Ubisa monastery was painted in the 14th century during the reign of King George the Magnificent.

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Tabakini Monastery

St. George Monastery in Tabakini is located 8 km away from Zestaponi. The monastery was built in VII-VIII cc. It is distinguished by its rich history, architecture, and the frescoes of the XVI c. The church is a double-aisled basilica, there is a bell tower of a later period next to the monastery. The monastic life was developed here in the Middle Ages and 70 monks served there. The monastery was demolished in the 1920s. 

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The village of Gadidi and the church of Gadidi

Gadidi is a beautiful mountainous village located on the foothills of southern Imereti region, 360 meters above sea level, 9 kilometers from Vani. Gadidi is distinguished by a special mountainous terrain, beautiful nature and high oxygen content in the air. The main part of Gadidi Forest Park is covered with coniferous forest, which is especially useful for the treatment of children, as well as adults, with lung diseases. The village with its beautiful views is uniquely interesting for lovers of photo tours,

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St. George's Church in Gogni

The church of St. George on Gogni Mountain is a monument of the VII-VIII centuries. This place is distinguished by its beauty and it is a holy place. To celebrate St. George Day, people start going to the church night before. A large number of pilgrims from different parts of the country visit it during the day. On May 6, thousands of believers visit the holy place annually. An interesting legend is related to the church. 

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St. George Monastery in Gamochinebuli

The monastery of St. George dates back to the XVI century. The church is a basilica style; there is a two-storey bell tower to its west. The temple is built of smooth stone, the facades are plain. The building is on a hill and has a spacious, beautiful view. It is surrounded by the Bakhmaro Mountains and the Guria Mountains, and in good weather, Paliastomi Lake and the Poti Lighthouse are visible from here. 

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The Monastery of St. Nino in Matkhoji

Kolkheti lowland is a historical place, beautifully lit by the sunrays, with a spectacular panoramic view from the hill in the Imereti region. Here is the Matkhoji St. Nino Convent, a small church constructed with white stones, hidden in the verdancy, there are also monastic cells. The monastery was founded in 1893, on the ruins of a church built in the 16th century. During the communist era, the service was temporarily suspended. 

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Udzlouri Ascension Monastery

A small, ancient monastery is hidden in the woods at the top of the mountain. The church of the monastery belonged to the local Lortkipanidze noble family for centuries. It was surrounded by a large fence with 7 towers, which had a defensive meaning. Only a small fragment of the entire frescoes of the church has survived on the iconostasis, which probably dates back to the 15th century.

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Modinakhe Fortress

Modinakhe, built in the 18th century, is an important historical and archaeological fortress. Bronze and antique artefacts have been found here. There is a beautiful panoramic view of Upper Imereti from the fortress. The fortress is located 1 km north of Sachkhere. Papuna Tsereteli, a noble built it in the 30s of the XVIII century. The name of the fortress is related to an interesting legend.

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Sachkhere Railway Station

The Railway Station in Sachkhere is a cultural heritage site in Georgia. It is located in the center of the city on the right bank of the Kvirila River. It is built with smooth stone of regular shape. The history of railway in Sachkhere dates back to 1904. The first railway line was built here by the initiative of the famous Georgian philanthropist Elisabeth Tsereteli. 

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