A mythological Khvamli Mountain

A mythological Khvamli Mountain
Anano Chikhradze
Anano Chikhradze
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I am sure there are many places on Earth that are still unexplored and secret. Georgia is no exception. One of its mysterious and mythological places is Khvamli Mountain. People also call it Khomli. In this article, I will tell you the reasons why Khvamli Mountain is considered mythological

Khvamli Mountain is located in the western part of Georgia, in Lechkhumi. This mountain is 2002 meters high and is surrounded by mixed forest. In Khvamli, there are numerous caves and the most distinctive one is Tekenteri Cave. During the history of Georgia, Khvamli Mountain is mentioned in several chronicles. This place was always unreachable for the enemies as the mountain has such a location that it is really hard to get there. However, several expeditions were held there at different times. In spite of this, it is still inviolable and unexplored.  

Tekenteri Cave
Tekenteri Cave
Tsageri, Georgia
Picture © Credits to Georgian Tours
Picture © Credits to Georgian Tours

A legend about Prometheus

As people say, one of the reasons why Khvamli Mountain is a mysterious place is a royal treasure that was stored in this territory. People believed that this treasure could save Georgia when the time would come. Khvamli Mountain is considered an antique-mythological place. According to the old historical sources, this mountain is thought to be a place where mythical Argonauts and Heracles have traveled. The historians also suggest that Prometheus was chained on Khvamli Mountain upon the order of Zeus

Khvamli Mountain
Khvamli Mountain
Khvamli Mountain, Georgia

In the middle of the 19th century, an Italian traveler and researcher visited Khvamli Mountain. They were searching for the antique Greek sources and the traces of the Argonauts and Prometheus based on the Ancient Greek mythology.  Both of them were pleasantly surprised when he realized that all the locals knew about the legend. According to this legend, the hostile vultures were eating the heart of the Prometheus, who was chained on the mountain. Because of this, the locals were proud if they could manage to kill the vulture. Khvamli Mountain makes this legend even more attractive and interesting when you see a big stone that looks just like a human.

Picture © Credits to Georgian Tours
Picture © Credits to Georgian Tours

More about Khvamli Mountain

Khvamli Mountain is also mentioned by a French novelist Jules Verne. Depending on the historical sources, he wrote about it in his novel “Inactive Kerabani” and described a sad legend about the Prometheus. The locals can tell you even more interesting stories that are connected to this place, and they can also show you the place where the famous Medea was growing the healing plants. 

In the latest years, Khvamli Mountain drags even more attention. Until the late autumn, it has many visitors who climb the mountain. The best seasons to visit this place are spring, summer, and autumn. So, if you are interested in the history of Khvamli Mountain, get ready for an adventurous expedition. Explore it by yourself and find out why is it a mythological place. 

Video © Credits to  Achi Tsagareli

Cover Picture © Credits to Georgia About

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Anano Chikhradze

Anano Chikhradze

I am Anano. I Iove travelling, history and getting to know people from all over the world. I write about Georgia, my country, and I am sure everybody will fall in love with it.

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