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The Legend of Niko Pirosmani

The Legend of Niko Pirosmani

Well-known Georgian primitivist painter Niko Pirosmani (Nikolay Pirosmanashvili) lived in the period from 1862 to 1918. During his life he lived in poverty and often painted in exchange for food; the real fame came to him only after his death. Many people outside Georgia have...
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Svetitckhoveli

The Legend of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

In the amazing ancient town of Mckheta, there is a temple of Svetitskhoveli – one of the main cathedrals of Georgian Orthodox Church. In translation from Georgian, the word «svetitskhoveli» means «a life-giving pillar». So, why did the cathedral get this name? There are several...
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Vardzia

The Legend of Vardzia

The cave monastery complex Vardzia was built during the reign of King George III and his daughter Queen Tamar. There is a legend about the name origin of this outstanding monument of medieval architecture. According to the legend, a long time ago, when Tamara was still a little...
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The Legend of St.Nino

The adoption of Christianity in Georgia is connected with the name of St. Nino. By origin she was from Cappadocia, and her father, Zabilon, was a Roman military commander. Nino’s parents completely dedicated themselves to Christianity, and when the girl was 12 years old,...
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The Legend of the Kakhetian Sea

Long time ago the scenic region of Kakheti was covered with water, as there was a sea. People lived high in the mountains, but even there the water caused a serious problem for them. It was rising higher and higher, destroying pastures and arable land. The life was becoming...
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The Legend of Queen Tamar and Shota Rustaveli

The exact date of the birth of the Georgian Queen Tamar is unknown, but historians suggest that it was in 1165. Tamar lost her mother when she was still a little girl and was left alone with her father, King George III. The father, foreseeing his soon death, crowned his daughter,...
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The Legend of Tbilisi

According to the legend, the king of ancient Iberia, Vakhtang I Gorgasali, once hunted in the forests near the first capital of Georgia – Mtskheta. After some time, he  saw a pheasant, then shot and killed the bird. The king sent his falcon to find the prey. The falcon flew...
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