5 Interesting Facts About Georgia
There’s no better feeling than booking your flights, throwing your worldly belongings into a backpack and heading out on an adventure to explore another country. Maybe it’s time to consider Georgia as your next travel destination. If you are adventurous, a hiking and camping lover, or an admirer of modern and old architecture, then Georgia is a country that satisfies all your needs. And to make your decision easier, we compiled the top 5 reasons why you should visit Georgia
- First Europeans – An archeological expedition in Dmanisi found the oldest human skulls in the Caucasus, suggesting that a man from Africa traveled to Europe through Georgia. The 1.8 million-year-old skulls are the remains of a human couple of Georgians called Zezva and Mzia. It is without a doubt that Georgia is a homeland of the first European.
- It’s the cradle of winemaking – Georgia has been producing wine for at least 8,000 years and is considered to be the birthplace of the beverage. The production of the wine was accidental. The grape juice poured in a shallow pit and was buried under the ground, turning it into wine. UNESCO has listed the traditional Georgian winemaking method – in a clay jar called a Qvevri – in its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.
- Europe’s Highest Settlement and UNESCO Heritage sites – Our current UNESCO heritage sites include the ancient capital city of Mtskheta, the massive cathedral complexes of Bagrati and Gelati, and the mountain region of Svaneti while 15 other sites are on a tentative list. The village of Ushguli (UNESCO) is the highest permanent settlement in Europe at 2,100 meters above sea level, respectively.
- Unique alphabet: Georgian is spoken by approximately four million people, mainly in Georgia where it is the official language. The Georgian alphabet has its own independent place among the 14 existing alphabets known to the world.
- It is one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world.
Georgia has 12 different climate zones, ranging from subtropical to alpine to semi-desert, and has 49 types of soil. This makes Georgia one of the most ecologically diverse countries on Earth. In addition, many of the most exciting animals like leopards, lynxes, and bears reside in the dense forests of the country.