The Epicenter Of Georgian Traditions And Culture - Samegrelo
Let us introduce traditional, cultural and harmonic sides of Georgia – Samegrelo, that is located in western Georgia. The main wealth of the region is cultural traditions and archeological artifacts, as well as untouched natural beauty. The Black Sea has a major influence on the subtropical climate of the region and creates an environment for flora and fauna. Also, Samegrelo is known with delicious cuisine full of spicy foods.
Zugdidi is the capital of the Samegrelo region, the meaning of the name is “Great Hill”. Each Architectural monument has a unique history. The place is very rich with temples, royal castles, adventurous places and it fits each person’s mood, plans, and expectations.
Samegrelo region is offering a wide variety of activities to see and do.
Let’s start with Martvili, one of the country’s most beautiful nature spots, located in the historical place of Samegrelo. It is a place with lots of waterfalls and sky blue water! So, Martvili Canyon is a must-visit destination once in the region. Many people come here to enjoy the unforgettable boat trip between high rocks in Canyon. Here also are walking routes through the canyon and they are no less impressive than the boat trip. Great place to have an adventure with a family, friends or co-workers.
Next, we should share the main architectural sight of Samegrelo that is the Dadiani Palace museum, built-in Zugdidi in the 19th century. The palace includes the Queen’s Palace, the Prince’s Palace, the Botanical Gardens and the Kari Church (the first stone church in the region). It also houses several French treasures, including French tableware, paintings, and Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask, which were brought to Georgia after Napoleon’s nephew married one of the daughters of the Dadiani family, Princess of Samegrelo Salome Dadiani.
Time to share about one of the oldest landscape architecture examples that are preserved to this day. It is Zugdidi Botanical Garden. The construction of this decorative garden began in 1840. David Dadiani, the ruler of Samegrelo, fenced in a forest area surrounding his palace. Soon, its management passed to his wife, Ekaterina Chavchavadze-Dadiani, who added a great variety of native and exotic plants in the garden. Now it has over eighty genera of exotic plants introduced from Southeast Asia, India, Japan, the Mediterranean, and the Americas.