Georgia from above

Georgia from above

On September 1, a law will be introduced in Georgia restricting the use of drones. Photographer Amos Chapple took advantage of the last days for free flights and removed Georgia from a height.

1. “Mother of Kartli” is a monument in Tbilisi, which has become one of the main symbols of the Georgian capital. The monument was built on the top of the Sololaki hill (district in the Old Town) in 1958, when the city of Tbilisi celebrated its 1,500th anniversary.

Initially, the “Mother of Georgia” was made of wood, and in 1963 it was replaced by aluminum. The statue of 20 meters is the author of the Georgian sculptor Elguja Amashukeli, who was awarded for this work the State Prize of the Georgian SSR named after Shota Rustaveli. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Mother of Kartli

2. Trinity Church in Gergeti. located at an altitude of 2,170 m at the foot of Kazbek along the Georgian Military Highway in the Georgian village of Gergeti on the right bank of the Chkheri (a tributary of the Terek), just above the village of Stepantsminda. Built in the 14th century, the shrine is the only cross-domed temple in the Hevi region. Near the temple is preserved medieval bell tower.(Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

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3. The Katskhi Pillar is a large limestone monolith, 40 meters high above the ground at the Katskhura River, the right tributary of the Kvirila.

At the top of the mountain formation stands the church, built between the VI and VIII century. Before the arrival of Christianity, the Katzha pillar was revered by local residents as a symbol of the god of fertility. After the arrival of Christianity in Georgia, the pillar did not lose its cult significance. People believed that this is a place where a person can come closer to God. At the top of the mountain, Christians erected a temple and sent religious rites until the invasion of Ottoman Turkey began. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Katzheysky Pillar

4. Clouds and a tiny church on a mountain in the vicinity of Glebi. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

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5. Mtskheta-Mtianeti. The last rays of the sun illuminate the village of Ukhati on the Georgian Military Highway. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Mtskheta-Mtianeti

6. Kakheti. Fortress and castle of Gremi in Kakheti against the background of vineyards.

It is an architectural monument of the XVI century - the royal fortress in the Georgian historical region of Kakheti. The fortress with the Church of the Archangels is all that remains of the once thriving city of Gremi. The architectural complex is located to the east of the modern village of the same name near the city of Kvareli, 175 km east of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Fortress and Castle of Gremi in Kakheti

7. Tushetia.Sheep rush to the sun - they have just been released from the pen near the village of Omalo. Every evening the flock is driven back to protect the sheep from the wolves. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

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8. Chiatura. Manganese is still mined in this harsh valley. The plant located in the city processes the mined and sends raw materials to steel mills in Georgia and abroad. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Chiatura

9. The not so big (about 14,000 people) Georgian city of Chiatura lies on the side of tourist routes. Not everyone who goes to Georgia visits him. Part of the guidebooks are silent about him. However, the city is very interesting. And first of all, it’s interesting because of its cableways, which, like public transport, transport people from one point of the city to another. One of the cable cars is even the very first cable car in the USSR. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Chiatura - the city of cable cars

10. Imereti. Samtsvera Falls near the city of Zestaphoni. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Samtsvera Falls near the city of Zestaphoni

11. Memorial "History of Georgia" in Tbilisi. This monument, unpopular with tourists, is the work of Zurab Tsereteli. In Moscow, his famous monument to Peter I caused much more emotion and outright rejection. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Memorial "History of Georgia" in Tbilisi

12. The ancient cave city of the XII — XIII centuries Vardzia in southern Georgia. An outstanding monument of medieval Georgian architecture.Over 900 meters along the left bank of the Kura, up to 600 rooms were carved in the sheer tuff wall of Mount Erusheti (Medvezhye): churches, chapels, living cells, storerooms, baths, refectory, treasuries, libraries. The premises of the complex go 50 meters deep into the cliffs and rise to a height of eight floors. Preserved secret passages connecting the premises, the remnants of the water supply and irrigation system. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Ancient cave city of XII — XIII centuries Vardzia in southern GeorgiaOld cave city of XII — XIII centuries Vardzia in southern Georgia

13. Kutaisi is the third largest city of Georgia. Located on both banks of the river Rioni, at an altitude of 125-300 m above sea level. The name comes from the Georgian word ქვია - “stone”, since in ancient times only the northern side of the Rioni River was settled (which is perfectly consistent with the quote below from Procopius of Caesarea), which was stony. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Kutaisi

14. The city of Batumi on the Black Sea coast, the capital of Adjara and the main tourist center of modern Georgia. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Batumi city

15. Tusheti. Ancient defensive towers over the village of Omalo in the Matushetsk Nature Reserve on the border with Dagestan and Chechnya. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Tushetia
16. Samtskhe-Javakheti. The stork's nest on the church bell tower in the village of Baraleti near Tsikhisdzhvari. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Samtskhe-Javakheti

17. Fortress Khertvisi, one of the oldest in Georgia.The chronicler Leonti Mroveli mentions Khertvisi - which he considers one of the first cities of Georgia - in connection with the campaigns of Alexander the Great (IV century BC). The Khertvisi fortress is located on a high rocky hill in a gorge at the confluence of the Kura and its right tributary - the Paravani River . (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Fortress Khertvisi, one of the oldest in Georgia

18. Mtskheta-Mtianeti. Stone watchtower in the Caucasus Mountains above the Datwi-Jvari Pass near the village of Shatili. (Photo by Amos Chapple | Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty):

Mtskheta-Mtianeti

19. Mtskheta-Mtianeti. The sun breaks through the clouds over the highland village of Utah. Beautiful places.

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