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About Food - Ostri

Recipe for Ostri

Ostri serving - Copy

Ostri is a hot, spicy beef stew that is very popular in Georgia, both as a home prepared meal and as a dish in restaurants.

Ostri serving - Copy

Ingredients: 800 grams of lean beef, 100 grams of butter, 3 large onions, 4 large tomatoes, 1 tbs of hot red pepper, 1 tsp of dried coriander, 200 grams of marinated cucumber (optional), 1 heaped tbs of tomato puree, 2 cloves of garlic, 15 grams of parsley or purple basil…

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About Sights - Vanis Kvabebi Cave Monastery

Vanis Kvabebi Cave Monastery

Vanis Kvabebi cave monastery. Photo courtesy of National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia

Vanis Kvabebi (Georgian: ვანის ქვაბები) is a cave monastery in Samtskhe-Javakheti region near the more famous cave city of Vardzia.

Vanis Kvabebi. Photo by Lasha Gabelia.

Vanis Kvabebi. Photo by Lasha Gabelia.

Begun in the eighth century, the monastery complex consists of 16 levels of cells, storerooms and stair tunnels.  There are two churches in the complex, including a small domed church that clings to the rock on the level of the…

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About Food - Cherry Muraba

Recipe for Cherry Muraba

Cherry Muraba Ready for Serving - Copy

Cherry Muraba is a preserve made with cherries and sugar. It can be eaten as a dessert or used as a jam. In Georgia, it is usually made in June when cherries are ripe. It can be made with or without water. Making it without water produces a very thick muraba. In this recipe we have made it with water.

Cherry Muraba Ready for Serving - Copy

Ingredients: 2 kilos of cherries, 2 kilos of sugar and 200 ml of water (or less for a thicker…

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About Heritage - Cultural Map of Georgia

Cultural Map of Georgia

Cultural Map of Georgia

This map of Georgia depicts cultural sites and people of the Georgian regions in national clothing (past and present). Click on the map to see a larger version.

Cultural Map of Georgia

Cultural Map of Georgia

Map courtesy of the Public Movement “Multinational Georgia.”

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About Art - Paintings of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Paintings of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Georgian artist Vaja Meskhi graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of fine arts in 1985. His work includes a beautiful series of paintings of life in Old Tbilisi.

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

Painting of Old Tbilisi by Vaja Meskhi

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About Sights - The Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum

The Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum

Akhvlediani's desk at the Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum

Elene Akhvlediani (Georgian: ელენე ახვლედიანი) (1898–1975) was a 20th century Georgian painter, graphic artist, costume designer and theater decorator.

A Portrait of Elene Akhvlediani

A Portrait of Elene Akhvlediani

Akhvlediani is particularly known for her beautiful depictions of Georgian towns.

Painting of a Georgian town by Elene Akhvlediani

Painting of a Georgian town by Elene Akhvlediani

A year after her death, a museum was established in the house that she lived in. The…

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About Food - Ossetian Meat Pie

Recipe for Ossetian Meat Pastry

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In this traditional Ossetian recipe we show how to make Fydzhin, one of the most popular Ossetian dishes. A meat filled pie, it can be made with a beef filling or a mix of beef and pork or beef and lamb. We made ours with beef and pork. This meat filled pie is similar to Svanetian Kubdari (Georgian: კუბდარი) but uses minced meat instead of cut meat.

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Ingredients for filling (for 2 pies): 1.2…

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About Achievements - Georgia Signs Association Agreement with the EU

Georgia Signs Association Agreement with the EU

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili at the Association Agreement Signature Ceremony

Today, Georgia and the European Union signed an Association Agreement at a European Council meeting in Brussels.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Herman Van Rompuy President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy signthe Association Agreement.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Herman Van Rompuy President of the European Council sign the Association Agreement.

The agreement, which is designed for gradual approximation to EU standards and regulations in a broad range of areas including trade, customs procedures…

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About Sights - The Martvili Regional Museum

The Martvili Regional Museum

Georgian weapons at the Martvili Regional Museum

Originally opened in 1957 and recently refurbished, the Martvili Regional Museum (Georgian: მარტვილის მუზეუმი) in the town of Martvili (Georgian: მარტვილი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Western Georgia houses a collection of over 55,000 exhibits.

Traditional Georgian saddles at the Martvili Regional Museum

Traditional Georgian saddles at the Martvili Regional Museum

The museum’s collection includes items from the early Stone and Bronze Age period,…

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About Food - New Potato and Cheese Soup

Recipe for New Potato and Cheese Soup

New Potato and Cheese Soup

In this quick and easy to make family recipe we show how to make a delicious soup with new potatoes, cheese, sour cream and dill.

New Potato and Cheese Soup

Ingredients: 300 grams of small new potatoes, 200 grams of new Imeretian cheese (or mozzarella), 2 green onions, 200 grams of sour cream, 1 egg, 1 tsp of black pepper, 1 heaped tbs of flour, 40 grams of butter, 20 grams of dill, and salt (amount dependent upon…

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