CENTRE – AMBROLAURI
AREA – 4954 SQ.KM.
POPULATION – 51000

Racha-Lechkhumi is one of the most beautiful parts of western Georgia. It is located on the southern slopes of the Central Caucasus, between the Lechkhumi and Racha ridges and is settled from Old Stone Age. In ancient times, part of the territory of Racha-Lechkhumi was a part of the kingdom of Egris. Standing out for its special natural beauty, rich forests, springs, mineral waters, Racha-Lechkhumi is located at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level. The winter is cold and the summer is moderately warm. In the life of people living here, a special place is occupied by grapevine, which they worshiped from time immemorial. Only in Racha, in village Khvanchkara, grow two type of grapes, from which a unique wine - Khvanchkara is made.

CHURCH KHOTEVI
350 km from tbilisi
13 C
Village Khotevi was first mentioned in historical sources in XI century. It is located at a height of 1000 m above sea level. In the 13th century Archangels Church and fortress was built in Khotevi.

BARAKONI
320 km from tbilisi
18 C
Dome temple Barakoni is located near hamlet of Tsesi in Ambrolauri region. Avtandil Shulaveri built the Cathedral in 1753.

NIKORTSMINDA CROSS-DOMED CHURCH
340 Km from Tbilisi
11 th CC
Nikortsminda domed cathedral was built in 1010-1014 by King Bagrat III to the north of Kutaisi, in the hilly region of Racha. Nikortsminda is remarkable for its exterior stone carvings. Each part of the design is related to the theme of divine greatness of Christ. The monument is a masterpiece of its period. The interior in decorated with mural paintings of the late medieval period. There are portrayals of saints, multi figure scenes, realistic and fantastic animals.

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