History

Georgia is a beautiful land of endless wonders with a distinctive culture and a rich history. The country is located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It presents a remarkable mix of landscapes and climates, ranging from high mountain peaks to wine-growing valleys and lush Black Sea resorts. Georgia is a developing and rapidly improving country with very low levels of crime and corruption. According to an FBI report, Georgia is among the “top 10 safest countries in the world“.

Georgia was one of the first countries in the world to officially adopt Christianity. According to Orthodox tradition, Christianity was first preached in Georgia by the Apostles Simon and Andrew in the 1st century AD. It became the state religion of Kartli in 337. The conversion of Kartli to Christianity is credited to St. Nino of Cappadoccia.

In Georgia, you will be able to discover the remarkable archaeological sites of Dmanisi, where ancient human skulls were found. This hominid site is the earliest of its kind outside of Africa, dating back to over 1.81 million years ago.

The early Georgian renaissance, which preceded its Western European analogue, was characterized by impressive military victories, territorial expansion, and a cultural renaissance in architecture, literature, philosophy and the sciences.

The Golden Age of Georgia left a legacy of great cathedrals, romantic poetry and literature, and poem, “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”, is considered a national epic.

Georgia has been invaded many times by different conquerors. A deeply complicated history has given Georgia a wonderful heritage of architecture and arts, from cave cities to ancient cathedrals to the inimitable canvases of Pirosmani. Tbilisi is still open to an age-old Eurasian crossroads. But this is also a country moving forward in the 21st century, with spectacular contemporary buildings, a minimal crime rate and ever-improving facilities for the visitors who are a growing part of its future.