|Old Georgian Orthodox Church|
|Old Georgian Script on Ancient Church|
Probably about five to six million people speak Georgian, including most of the four million or so who live in the country.
The picture to the left and below show an early version of Georgian script that was chiseled onto the exterior wall of the old Georgian Orthodox church pictured above, located on Military Road, not too far from the border with Russia. The church is in the Caucasus Mountains, overlooking a large lake, a peaceful and beautiful setting.
This Georgian Orthodox church building is no longer in use, and is in a state of disrepair. It was constructed out of locally made brick and at one time was likely quite impressive inside. Some remaining rements of frescoes on the inside cupola are still visible, but have graffiti (in Russian) written on them. (See the last picture.)
A visit to this area, about 60 miles from Tbilisi, gives a small taste of the interesting elements of isolated Georgia settlements scattered throughout the Caucasus mountains, each with their old fortifications that no longer serve a purpose and stone churches. The living conditions in the mountains are sometimes harsh and difficult, a throwback to another time. In return, residents have the self-sufficiency and distance from the troubled world that have always attracted mountain people.
|More Old Georgian Script|
|Graffiti on Fresco in the Church|
(Photos by Dan Durning)