The Jewish Graveyard in Batumi is located in the Beenze district, next to Georgian cemeteries. It has been around for a century and a half and it is still active nowadays. Some of the graves are well maintained.
Georgia Gold offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and free WiFi. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, every room comes with a wardrobe. At Georgia Gold every room includes a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Gori Fortress is 2.2 km from Georgia Gold. The nearest airport is Tbilisi International Airport, 79 km from the hotel.
The hotel has a garden planted nearby. There is a parking place for vehicles. You will enjoy a mountain view from your window.
Agro house, family wine cellar, fish farm offers our guests rooms for rent in farm house. We have our own family wine cellar where we produce different kinds of wine: Tavkveri, Shavkapito, Goruli Mtsvane and Chinebuli, all of them are made with old Georgian traditional methods. Near our agro house we have trout fish farm, where you can catch fish and cook it with your own. Vegetables and fruits which are used for prepearing breakfast and dinner/lunch is from our garden. So we can say that agro house is eco property.
Agro house is located 120 km from Tbilisi, near Borjomi. It takes 1:30 hour from Tbilisi, 20 min. from Borjomi.
Highland area, mountain and forest fresh air make our place more attractive.
On the east bank of the Likhi mountain range, above 750 meters from sea level, lies a magical village which will provide you with thousand reasons to unconditionally fall in love with it.
Surrounded by mountains, Kvishkheti stages a grand collision of Black Sea’s warm, humid air with Kavkasioni’s crystal cold breath. This contributes to the unique healing properties of the village climate. You can say that Kvishkheti, together with Borjomi-Kharagauli national park, represents Georgia’s set of lungs. Clear air and mineral waters form a magical environment, which is protected by an imposing sleeping a giant of a mountain – “Mtatsminda”.
Beautiful nature, dry synthesis of alpine and lowland climates, crystal-cold spring waters, oldest cultural monuments, mystical pathways, the legendary hospitality of Georgian people and colorful cuisine, are just a few of the neverending reasons for why people never wanted to ever leave this place. This was illustrated at the Bokhumi exhibition in 2001-2002, where you could find artifacts dating back to 3000 b.c.
There are several origin stories on the name “Kvishkheti”. Ivane Javakhishvili argued that it was linked to the sandy soil in the area; (Kvisha means sand in Georgian) But locals say that “Kvishkheti” is a metaphor for cold winters – “Kvis mkhetqi” – stone popper. (In extreme cold stones pop.) On the hill in the village, you can see a simple but awe-inducing 70s house, which belonged to the saint Dimitri Kipiani and his family. This is the place where the names “Kvishkheti” and “Mtserlebi” forever merged into one single entity.
Eventually, Kipiani residence was handed over to the Writers’ Union of Georgia and it was expanded with other buildings, such as cottages, eating hall, writes’ quarters, etc. From this day on, till the end of the 1990s, many Georgian writers took refuge in here, trying to get away from Soviet censorship and exhausting stress of city life. Kvishkheti became “a small place of freedom”, a portal to a completely different world, where you could be free of your troubles and concerns. Split-second you arrived here, tranquility and warmth would fill your soul.
Gamardjoba provides a varied menu of flavorful Georgian cuisine with salads, meat, and local wine. The highly-rated restaurant provides an intimate atmosphere allowing guests to relax after a long day of work or sightseeing. Reviews of Gamardjoba note that prices are reasonable and service is great!
A charming cafe in the center of Gori with a variety of ethnic and European foods.
This restaurant offers a vast menu including traditional Georgian and European dishes.
Gori is a city in eastern Georgia, which serves as the regional capital of Shida Kartli and the center of the homonymous administrative district. It is located at the confluence of the rivers Mtkvari and Liakhvi. The name comes from a Georgian word gora, which means, "heap", or "hill". The city has an old history about the Jews which starts from the 17th century; at first they inhabited the area around Gori tower, since on Sundays a trade was held here and Jews were very involved in it. In the year 1866 there were 281 Jews living within the overall 5000 Gori population. Jewish inhabitants were usually merchants and craftsmen. In the 20th century the economy of Jewish population grew. In 1915 there were 104 Jews in Gori (approximately 16-17 families); they inhabited the same area. In 1946, during World War II, a legally registered community was established; under which was this community a synagogue, which was located on 16 Cheloskicenev St. The main Rabbi was Mordechay Davarashvili; he helped Zionist Aliyah in Israel. After the death of Rabbi Mordechay every holy book owned by him was handed to a synagogue. In this city you can find sites such as one big synagogue and Jewish graveyard.
The fall of Jerusalem happened in 586 BC and this is the time when Jewish refugees came into Kartli. It should be pointed out that these immigrants asked the governor for permission to inhabit the area, for which they would pay an appropriate amount. The governor of Mstkheta gave a helping hand to the refugees and allocated an area of River Aragvi for them, which was called Zanavi. Later these Jews moved to different towns and cities.
Kareli, a town in Shida Kartli, Georgia, is located on the river Mtkvari. There was a time when the number of Jews living in Kareli was fairly vast but today that is not the case, on this day the Jewish population is very small; it only consists of 400 beings. Some say the word “Kareli'' doesn't mean the “The place with wind”, and its actual origin is an Herbew word, of men, but that is just an assumption. In old times Jews were accounted as the workers of Tsitsishvili; later as the state peasants. Jews in Kareli usually were merchants and lived ordinary lives, their appearances and rules corresponded with Kareli’s population. The sites you can find in this town are Kareli Synagogue, which was built in the 20th century and a Jewish graveyard.
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The Jewish Graveyard in Kareli dates back to the 19th century. The Graveyard was active until the second half of the 20th century, before the beginning of Aliyah, the Jewish immigration to Israel. Today, the cemetery is abandoned because it does not have a caretaker.
Kareli Synagogue, Located on 9 Jerusalem St, was built in the 20th century, with a brick as a building material. The synagogue was reconstructed in 1990. Today the synagogue is abandoned and inactive, therefore the condition of the building and its material is poor.
At the beginning of the 20th century, with the permission of the Emperor Nicholas II of Russia Construction of the “Ashkenazi” stone synagogue started, which was completed in 1904 under the guidance of architect Semion Vulkovich. It was analogous to the synagogues of Amsterdam and The Hague. During the Soviet era, the building was used for various purposes. In 1993, the synagogue was handed over to the Jewish Diaspora again. Jews mostly visit the synagogue on Saturdays and holidays. The Batumi Synagogue is also frequently visited by tourist groups who come from Israel.
The synagogue, which was built in Batumi, 9 March St, at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, has been abandoned for several years and it is on the verge of collapse. The building got damaged in 2015 after the company named “Inshaat” started building a tall apartment complex next to it. The building was granted the status of a cultural heritage monument on 25 September, 2018 and is under the care of “Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency of Adjara”.
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