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 Racha: Images

Svaneti, the "Pearl and Pride of Georgia," is a historical region in north-western Georgia, on the southern slope of the main Caucasus range. To the east the marvelous forested Racha neighbours the Svaneti region. In Mestia, Svaneti’s regional centre, unique icons and manuscripts are kept in its museum. Medieval “koshki” (towers) spring up in clumps around the homesteads. Each family house has its own tower, most dating back to the 12th century. Racha’s villages are surrounded by stunning environment snow capped mountains and impressive medieval churches - the most attractive of which is the Nikortsminda Temple, dating back to the 11th century. Rich in animal life, yet densely forested with pure and clean air, Racha also has an abundance of mineral water sources. One of the famous Georgian red wines, Kvanchkara, originates from this region, as well. Ratscha is home to the best bread and ham makers in the country. Due to their remoteness, both regions have never experienced invasions and have been able to maintain their natural simplicity