GEORGIAN CULTURE AND UNIQUE FOLKLORE
Georgia, is one of the oldest Christian countries in the world, which has had a significant influence on Georgian culture. Gonio, one of the oldest settlements in Georgia, is located in Adjara. It was inhabited in the 8th-7th century BCE. Gonio Fortress, which was built by the Romans, has mythic ties to the legend of Jason and the Argonauts. Adjara is famous for its stone-arch bridges and different religious monuments. The monasteries, Gelati and Bagrati recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites are located just a few hours’ drive from Batumi. Tbilisi, Mtskheta and other parts of Georgia are also very rich in unique and diverse cultural monuments. Moreover, non-material culture, such as Georgian polyphony and dances, are important parts of Georgian culture. Adjarian songs and dances occupy a special place in Georgian folklore.