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The Gergeti Trinity Church (წმიჶდა სამება, Tsminda Sameba) on a hill (2170 m) above the town of Kazbegi (aka Stepantsminda) in north-eastern Georgia. 
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The Gergeti Trinity Church (წმიჶდა სამება, Tsminda Sameba) on a hill (2170 m) above the town of Kazbegi (aka Stepantsminda) in north-eastern Georgia.

"The Gergeti Trinity Church was built in the 14th century, and is the only cross-cupola church in Khevi province. The separate belltower dates from the same period as the church itself. Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia. The 18th century Georgian author Vakhushti Batonishvili wrote that in times of danger, precious relics from Mtskheta, including Saint Nino's Cross were brought here for safekeeping. During the Soviet era, all religious services were prohibited, but the church remained a popular tourist destination. The church is now an active establishment of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church. The church is a popular waypoint for trekkers in the area, and can be reached by a steep 3 hour climb up the mountain, or around 30 minutes by jeep up a rough mountain trail." (Text from Wikipedia).
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Eastern Caucasus from the viewing point near the Georgian Military Road, high above the valley of the White Aragvi river. 
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Eastern Caucasus from the viewing point near the Georgian Military Road, high above the valley of the White Aragvi river.
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Georgian Military Road viewing pointSherkhota (3670 m)
The Georgian Military Road near its highest point: the Jvari Pass (2379 m). 
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The Georgian Military Road near its highest point: the Jvari Pass (2379 m).

"The Georgian Military Road runs between Tbilisi (Georgia) and Vladikavkaz (Russia) and follows the traditional route used by invaders and traders throughout the ages. The road stretches some 208 kilometers through the Terek valley, crosses the Rocky Ridge in the Darial Gorge, past Mount Kazbek, and Gergeti Trinity Church, then leads through the canyon of the Baidarka River to the Jvari Pass, where it reaches an altitude of 2379 meters. It continues along the Tetri Aragvi River past the medieval fortress of Ananuri and Zemo Avchala, a hydroelectric dam and follows the right bank of the Kura (Mtkvari) River past the ancient town of Mtskheta to Tbilisi.

Known since antiquity (it was mentioned by Strabo in his Geographica and by Pliny), the Georgian Military Road in its present form was begun by the Russian military in 1799, after the Georgians by the Treaty of Georgievsk, abjured from century long Persian suzerainty. After the Kingdom of Georgia was officially annexed by the Russian Empire in 1801, Tsar Alexander I ordered General Aleksey Petrovich Yermolov, commander-in-chief of Russian forces in the Caucasus to improve the surfacing of the road to facilitate troop movement and communications. When Yermolov announced the completion of work in 1817, the highway was heralded as the ‶Russian Simplon”. However, work continued until 1863. By this stage it had cost £4,000,000 (a staggering sum in the 1860s) but according to Bryce in 1876 was of a high quality with two or three lanes and ‶iron bridges over the torrents”, something he considered astonishing given that within Russia proper at this time decent roads were virtually non-existent." (Text from Wikipedia).

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Georgian Military Road
Among the medieval koshki towers of the Ushguli village in Svaneti, Georgia. 
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Among the medieval koshki towers of the Ushguli village in Svaneti, Georgia.
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A tiny two-monk monastery with the 12th-century church of the Virgin Mary (Lamaria) on a hill above the Ushguli village in Svaneti, Georgia. 
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A tiny two-monk monastery with the 12th-century church of the Virgin Mary (Lamaria) on a hill above the Ushguli village in Svaneti, Georgia.
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