ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Explore Georgia

Explore Georgia

WHY GEORGIA?

  • A land of contrasts under the high peaks of Caucasus, at the crossroads of East and West.
  • Country of a unique and welcoming culture and known for their world-famous hospitality.
  • A place where ancient artistic heritage and unique traditions meet modern lifestyle.
  • One of the oldest wine producing regions of the world.
  • A land full of colors, sights, historic monuments and UNESCO heritage sites.
  • Homeland of first Europeans with a unique alphabet and language, music and dances.

Tbilisi – the capital of Georgia that has been considered as the great metropolis of the Caucasus. It is a city of ancient history, founded in the 5th century, a fascinating mix of European and Asian cultures, and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious city.

Language
Official language in Georgia is Georgian (Kartuli), whose spoken form has many dialects, usually divided into East Georgian and West Georgian groups. Georgian scripts were granted the national status of cultural heritage of Georgia in 2015 and inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016. There are just 14 independent scripts in the worls and Georgian is one of them.

Currency
Georgian National currency is Georgian Lari (GEL). GEL 1 is equivalent to 100 tetri, and notes come in denominations of GEL 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. ATMs are common as is the use of credit cards.

Culture
In Georgia, you can discover our rich history, traditions, pride and friendship. This is a home to the earliest remains of modern man found outside of Africa, dated to be nearly 2 million years old. In Georgia you will discover a golden ancient history, churches and fortresses, cave towns, Georgian polyphonic music and mesmerizing Georgian traditional dance. A mix of two continents - Europe and Asia, and their diversity can be seen in the culture and architectural heritage of Georgia.

Adventure
During your stay, Georgia will delight you with a huge number of adventure tours. Getting away from busy life is easy in Georgia. Throughout the entire territory of Georgia, that you can explore by walking and trekking, paragliding, horseback riding, mountaineering, mountain biking, rafting, caving and seaside areas, natural world and national parks, etc.

Cuisine
Georgian cuisine will tell you a lot about the spirit and culture of a country. It may surprise you to know that Georgia has the oldest continuous unbroken tradition of winemaking in the world. Cuisine offers a variety of dishes with liberal use of various tasty herbs and spices. Each part of Georgia has its own distinct culinary traditions.

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