Kakheti is the eastern region of Georgia, known for stunning landscapes, traditional winemaking and gorgeous cities like Sighnaghi. With such a range of things to do on offer, it’s a must-visit destination. From ancient academies to sacred religious sites, here’s just some of what you should seek out when in the area.
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Kakheti is home to many monasteries and churches. Some of the most distinguished are David Gareji, Alaverdi Cathedral, Nekresi Monastery and Gremi Monastery. David Gareji, in the desert bordering Azerbaijan, is a complex of cave monasteries carved in rock. Dating back to the fourth century, Nekresi is the oldest Christian church in the country. In the past, it was the most important spiritual, cultural, political and educational centre of the nation. The cross-domed Alaverdi Cathedral was built in the 11th century by Kakhetian King Kvirike III. The cathedral is more than 164ft (50m) in height, making it the second-tallest religious building in the country after the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi.
One of the smallest towns in Georgia, Sighnaghi is also one of the most charming, complete with breathtaking landscapes, cobblestone streets and pastel-colored houses. You can visit the Sighnaghi Museum, look over the picturesque Alazani Valley, walk on the ancient defence wall or try local wines at several wineries scattered across the area. And if you are travelling with your loved one, you can even get married at the civil ceremony office, open 24 hours a day.
Telavi, one of the oldest cities in the country, is the central city of the region and boasts various attractions for a stop on your tour. One of the most iconic landmarks is Batonistsikhe, the residence of the Kakhetian kings during the 17th and 18th centuries. It includes a Persian-style palace where King Erekle II was born and died.
Besides being a wine lover’s paradise, Kakheti is home to some beautiful and luxurious resorts for you to relax and enjoy time in nature. Royal Batoni, Lopota Lake Resort and Spa, Kvareli Lake and Chateau Mere are just a few to explore.
Now you know what to do in Kakheti, why not look elsewhere in Georgia? Check out the capital with our list of what you can get up to in Tbilisi, take a look at the country’s must-see attractions and book your Georgian stay through Culture Trip.
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