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© flickr / Marco Fieber

Tbilisi’s Stonehenge – the Chronicle of Georgia

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Tbilisi is full of amazing sightseeing, but one place that you do not want to miss while visiting is definitely the Stonehenge of Tbilisi, which can be found in the Mount Keeni, near Tbilisi Sea (in reality this is the Tbilisi Lake, but people call it the sea because of its size).

© flickr / Jelger
© flickr / Jelger

Nobody exactly knows, why this mountain’s name is Keeni, I guess it comes from the tradition of Keenoba. It is satirizing the foreign invaders of Georgia. However, in this article, I am going to tell you about the museum that is located near this mountain. It is an open-air museum. Georgians call it the “Stonehenge of Tbilisi”  or “the Chronicle of Georgia.”

The great author of the monument

The author of this monument is Zurab Tsereteli. He was born in 1934. He graduated from the Academy of Arts in Tbilisi. Nowadays, Zurab Tsereteli lives and works in Russia, and his sculptures can be found on all continents. Zurab started the creation of “the Chronicle of Georgia” in 1980.

This is a monument that is created from the pillars of the stones. A timeline of Georgia's history is reflected in it. The pillars of the Georgian history are proudly standing and overlooking the Tbilisi Sea. From this place, you can really enjoy the magnificent views of the Tbilisi Sea and the beautiful views of Tbilisi - as far as your eyes can reach.

© flickr / Jelger
© flickr / Jelger

Why is this Stonehenge interesting?

The Monument (Stonehenge) tells us the history of the different epochs.

On the Stonehenge, you can see the kings of Georgia and people who have contributed to the history of Georgia. There you can see the cross of Saint Nino and the lifecycle of Jesus. Parts of Georgian literature, such as “The torture of Shushaniki” (IV century), are also shown on the pillars. Furthermore, on it, you can find different scenes of celebration. Various holidays are very deeply engraved in Georgian cultures such as Khareba, Easter, Pentecostal, a feast of the Transfiguration, and many more.

Visiting Tbilisi Stonehenge brings great emotions not only to Georgians but also to the guests. They are always very excited about this place.

© flickr / Jelger
© flickr / Jelger

There is the small church of Saint Mary nearby. This church gets visitors’ attention immediately. Its beautiful frescoes are made of vitreous enamel. The art of the Georgian vitreous enamel started in ancient times, and it is famous for its variety of colors. Looking at them, you will feel the real Georgian Spirit.

What is more about the monument is that it currently is under construction as it needs some 'rehabilitation.' However, the number of visitors is increasing day by day. This place makes you feel that history is alive, and it will never be forgotten.

Tbilisi's Stonehenge
Tbilisi's Stonehenge
Gldani-Nadzaladevi, Tbilisi, Georgia

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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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