Georgia has long been the crossroads of the world, not only an important stop on the silk trail, but set dead-centre of many of the great currents of history. A truly ancient nation and one of the world's oldest uninterrupted civilizations, its recorded history stretches back over 3000 years. Sandwiched in the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia has served for millenniums as a way station for travellers and traders, explorers and invaders - Greeks, Russians, Persians, Armenians, Mongols and Turks alike. Filled with ancient ruins, castles, churches, waterfalls, glaciers, mineral water springs, deserts and beaches, forests and steppes, it is truly a land apart.
Not quite Asian and certainly not really Middle Eastern, yet not fully European either, Georgia is an exotic mixture of influences not seen anywhere else. Few can boast as ancient a history as Georgia. No one knows for sure from where Georgians came, but they are quite convinced they have always been here and always will be.
To be sure, Georgian's are neither Russian nor Slavic, and their language is much older and from a different linguistic family. Particularly in ancient times they had far more contact with Mediterranean culture via the Black Sea than either Russia or the Middle East.
Wording courtesy of Department of Tourism and Resorts of Georgia
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