town in Georgia

Gurjaani (Georgian: გურჯაანი) is a city, with a population of 10,000, in the Alasani valley of the Kakheti region.

UnderstandEdit

 
Gurjaani Church of All Saints

The area around and in Gurjaani was already inhabited during the stone ages. The oldest church originates from the 8th century. As with the rest of the Kakheti region, also Gurjaani is an important wine region. The modern city was founded in 1934.

Get inEdit

By busEdit

Marshrutkas heading for Telavi from Tbilisi, but not taking highway no. 38, also go through Gurjaani.

Furthermore, several marshrutkas travel between Gurjaani and Telavi, Sighnaghi as well as Tnori.

By carEdit

The main Kakheti highway no. 5 can be taken from Tbilisi or the Azerbaijani border. At Bakurtsikhe take highway no. 42 for 10 km towards Telavi.

Get aroundEdit

The city is small enough to be walkable.

SeeEdit

 
Nato Vachnadze House and Museum
  • 1 Church of All Saints / Church of the Dormition (Gurjaani Kveladtsminda / გურჯაანის ყველაწმინდა). A basilica built around the 8th century, with two domes above the middle part. The space is aligned according to three church basilica type and includes a gallery. More information here: Gurjaani Kvelatsminda Church (Wikipedia)
  • 2 Museum of Nato Vachnadze. Tu-Su 10-18:00. The former house of the famous Georgian film actress, which received numerous awards like the Stalin prize and the title of People's Artist of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic.
  • Vejini Fortress (The village of the same name is just 5 km south of Gurjaani).

DoEdit

 
Therapeutic muds of Akhtala
  • 1 Akhtala Mud Resort (ახტალა), Gurjaani (west of Gurjaani), +995 353220803, +995 599231774, . A historic therapeutic mineral mud resort. Discovered in 1924, in 1932 a small sanatorium and the clinic were opened. The mud here contains three components: Water with 45-95% mineral, a crystalline mixture and colloidal particles.

BuyEdit

EatEdit

DrinkEdit

  • 1 City Theatre. This might be a good place for evening entertainment and also to have a drink.

SleepEdit

Go nextEdit

  • Telavi – the capital of Kakheti is a convenient base for exploring the region's wineries, castles, and monasteries
  • Sighnaghi – A restored wine town with an extensive wall and close-by the popular Monastery of St. George at Bodbe (aka Bodbe Convent).
  • Lagodekhi – A pretty boarder town (next to Azerbaijan) and a nearby nature reserve with subtropical forests.
  • David Gareja Monastery Complex – A 6th century cave monastery clinging onto a rocky hillside lying meters away from Azerbaijan, with beautiful frescos. Can be reached by taxis or organized tours, no public transport available from Sighnaghi (only Tbilisi). 50 km from Sighnaghi, a detour along the way to/from Tbilisi.

Also, see Kakheti for more details.


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