The historical territory referred to as Tao-Klarjeti is situated in the north-eastern part of Turkey. It covers Georgian historical provinces located in the basins of two rivers – Chorokhi and Mtkvari (Tao, Klarjeti, Shavsheti, Kola, Artaani, Erusheti, Chrdili, parts of Samtskhe, Javakheti and Achara).
The region abounds with Georgian historical monuments: Oskhi, Bana, Khakhuli, Parkhali, Ishkhani, Tbeti, Khandzta, Artanuji. Many other political and cultural centers flourished in Mediaeval Tao-Klarjeti. Up to date, this territory has become a subject of lively interest of both Georgian and foreign scholars, tourists and everybody fond of antiquities in general.
The irresistible fascination I,ve become obsessed with resulted in thousands of photos shaping my personal archive in 2003-2005 during scientific expeditions and preparation of TV projects.
The present photo album aims at kindling of this interest in others as well.
Special thanks to my friends and colleaques with whom I shared the unique experience of discovering in Tao-Klarjeti: Tamar Gegia, Giorgi Gelashvili, Giorgi Kalandia, Bondo Kupatadze, Mirian Makharadze, Gocha Saitidze, Jaba Samushia, Temur Khutsishvili, Nestan Jioevi.
Visit Tao-Klarjeti, it is a miraculous place.