Virtual Vacations: Georgia – Crossroads of Europe and Asia: Part 1
Posted on: September 2, 2021.

Author: Prabhukrishna M, Content Creator/Chief Editor, Yokibu Editorial

There are few incredibly beautiful places on Earth, so remotely located, that they are physically difficult to travel to. Such trips are highly challenging, at times logistically, at times financially—at times both.

While digitally scouting for a location to write about for this week’s ‘Virtual Vacations’, Georgia, the crossroads of Europe and Asia, captured our interest, making us zero in on the place.

The Virtual Vacations article this week is the SEVENTH location in the Yokibu Editorial Special Series that promises to be both entertaining and informative, vividly descriptive, and vibrantly narrative.

This article provides a surprising array of interesting Georgia country facts—lesser known, but bizarre and fascinating nonetheless—where wine was first made on Earth, a city of caves, and a unique linguistic tongue.

Where is Georgia located?

Positioned—of great historical, geopolitical, strategic, and commercial importance—in the intersection of Europe and Asia, Georgia belonged—for the longest time—to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

Strategically placed on the crossroads of Europe and Asia—the ancient Silk Road trade route—Georgia shares land borders with Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Turkey, while the entire western side of the country is bordered by the Black Sea.

The Caucasus Mountains—home to Europe’s highest mountain peak, Mt. Elbrus (elev. 5,642 meters)—form Georgia’s geological borders, one of its natural charms, including the beaches of the Black Sea.

Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi is renowned for its diverse architecture and the mazelike, cobblestone streets of its old town, while Georgia itself is famous for sight including—but not limited to—the sprawling cave monastery Vardzia—dating to the 12th century—and Kakheti, Georgia’s “Grape Valley”.

How did Georgia get its name?

Peculiarly, “Georgia” isn’t the word Georgian locals use to mention their homeland—their name for their country is ” Saqartvelo/Sakartvelo” or საქართველო, in the local language.

“Sa-kartvel-o” consists of two parts: “Kartvel”—inhabitant of the central Georgian region of Kartli—and the circumfix “sa-o”—a general geographic identification—meaning “land where the Kartveli live”.

The origin of the name “Georgia” is largely unknown. Suggestively, during the Middle Ages, Christians believed St. George to be the patron saint of the country—and thence the name “Georgia” evidently stuck.

Who established the kingdom that later became Georgia?

Georgia originally existed as a number of predecessor states of the ancient Greek and Roman kingdoms of Colchis and Iberia.

Pharnavaz I was crowned the first King of Georgia following its establishment as kingdom in 330 B.C. King Bagrat III of the Bagrationi dynasty unified—as a kingdom—the nation of Georgia in the early 11th century.

King George XII became its last ruler when the Kingdom of Georgia was abolished in A.D. 1810, and subsequently annexed by Russia.

What is Georgia’s history?

If Georgia were a cake, a slice of it was coveted by Turkey, Russia, and the former Persian empire. It was in the 19th century, however, that Georgia was annexed by Russia, and in the early 20th century, Georgia eventually gained its independence from the Soviet Union.

…continued in the next part

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