Dmanisi townlet

Dmanisi townlet

Category: Excursions from Tbilisi
Tour type: Under request
Duration: 1 day
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Arrival: Tbilisi International Airport
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Duration: full day

Tour type: daily excursion

Itinerary: Tbilisi - Bolnisi - Dmanisi - Tbilisi

Dmanisi was strong and populous city stretched on crossing of important trade ways from Byzantium and Persia. Its surroundings are full of reminders about glorious historical past. Rather recently, scientists have found the fact, that long before the city experienced its prosperity and decay, there was a settlement of primitive ancestors of modern humans.

En route you will visit:

Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God - active man's monastery, is located 20 km from Tbilisi. There are wonderful frescos of 1207, representing King George III and his daughter Queen Tamar.

Arrival to Dmanisi. You will visit the following sights:Ancient settlement "Dmanisi" is the remains of the big city which once existed at confluence of Mashaver and Moshevani rivers, which is proved to be settled since Early Bronze Age- about 3,000 BC. The city was supposedly built in the VI century, and is mentioned in the IX century. The fortress was built on a high place between two gorges and closes the approach to the city. During excavations was found: large number of different ceramics IX-XII, coins (mostly Georgian , XI-XIII cc. ), tools and weapons , the treasure of 25 gold and silver jewelry XII-XIII centuries. Between 1991 and 2005 early human fossils, dubbed Homo Georgicus, were found at Dmanisi during the archeological excavations. H. georgicus may have been a separate species of Homo, predating Homo Erecturs and represent the earliest stage of human presence in the Caucasus.

Sioni Church - one of the five Sioni churches in Georgia (VI-VII centuries). It is located right in the territory of the ancient city. There are fragments of frescos saved in the interior dating to the reign of George IV. According to the code of the Georgian chronicles "Kartlis Tskhovreba ", Georgian King Vakhtang III (1298/1302-1308) is buried in Dmanisi Sioni.

On the way back to Tbilisi will make a stop for local dinner in Bolnisi restaurant. Back to Tbilisi in the evening.


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