When you find out what they call the road to Kazbegi Georgia, you can be forgiven for not wanting to travel it at all. You see, the road is known as the Georgian Military Highway, which conjures up images of army checkpoints and military barracks. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth and instead, you’ll see some of the best rural scenery in the country. These are some of the highlights.
The Road To Kazbegi Georgia
Ananuri fortress complex
Perched on the edge of the Zhinvali reservoir, the Ananuri fortress is a sight not to be missed. Two castles overlook the water, linked by crenellated walls. They’re narrow in places and with no hand rail, you’ll need a head for heights to walk them. But it’s worth climbing up the tower for the views you’ll get from the top. Also part of the complex are two churches, the oldest dating from the 17th century. It’s the last resting place for some of the Dukes of Aragvi, for whom Ananuri was their official seat. The larger church has some fantastic carvings in the stone, including ornate crosses, as well as some interesting frescoes.
Georgia-Russia Friendship Balcony
Located between the ski resort of Gudauri and the Jvari Pass, this colourful monument is hard to miss at the side of the road to Kazbegi Georgia. A short walk up a gravel path lined by honey sellers takes you to the balcony which was erected to mark the 200th anniversary of the Treaty of Georgievsk. That treaty was a bilateral agreement between the Russian Empire and what was then the Georgian kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti, establishing the territory as a protectorate of Russia. These days, relations between the two nations are a little frosty. But the views from the balcony over the surrounding mountains are amongst the most beautiful in the country.
Gergeti Trinity Church
Just outside the town of Stepantsminda, sometimes still referred to as Kazbegi, you’ll find the Gergeti Trinity Church. The church is also known as Tsminda-Sameba Church. Perched high on a hill overlooking iconic Mount Kazbek. It’s a popular but calf-achingly steep trek to the top. Jeep transport can be hired instead – the road is so rutted and narrow that getting up there is as much of an adventure by four wheels as it is on foot. Built in the 14th century, the church is the only cross-cupola church in the area. Its isolation and dramatic setting have made it one of the most famous images of Georgia.