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Kaspi Municipality is located in Shida Kartli. Traces of human life in the area date back to the Stone Age, as evidenced by ancient remains and archaeological material. Kaspi was prominent from an early period and had significant military and cultural significance due to its geographical and strategic location. It was a fortress-town with its own spasalar. In the V century, during the reign of Vakhtang Gorgasali, Kaspi was at a high stage of development, with a great emphasis on education and upbringing. The chronicler says that the nobles and kings sent their children there for education. Sister of Vakhtang Gorgasali, Mirandukht, grew up in Kaspi. In the VIII century, the Arab commander Marwan the Deaf completely destroyed Kaspi and life has stopped there. In the XV century it belonged to the feudal ancestor of Amilakhvari, administratively it was part of Kartli Saeristavo. In the second half of the XV century King Simon I of Kartli expropriated Kaspi from Amilakhvars and sacrificed it to Svetitskhoveli. It was a village-type settlement in the XIX century. Kaspi has been a separate district since 1930. Nowadays, there are educational institutions, museum of local lore, cultural and leisure areas in the region. It is also a building materials production center in Georgia. There are cement, alcohol, canning and confectionery factories on the territory of the municipality. The Central Railway runs through Kaspi territory, which increases its economic potential. Agriculture is also developed and the main fields are: viticulture, fruit-growing, horticulture, breeding. The region is distinguished by the beauty of nature, and there are many important cultural and historical monuments. The ancient fortresses and temples of Kaspi, such as the Rkoni Monastery, Rkoni Fortress, Samtavisi and many others, are very popular and attract many tourists.
Geography and Climate
Kaspi Municipality is located in Shida Kartli region, on both sides of the river Mtkvari. Its administrative center is the city of Kaspi. Kaspi is bordered by Mtskheta municipality to the east, Gori to the west, Tetritskaro and Tsalka to the south, Dusheti and Akhalgori to the north-east. The municipality is located on the plain of Shida Kartli. In the north it is surrounded by the southern branches of the Caucasus Range, in the south by the Trialeti Range. The highest peak of the district is Obolo Rock (2080 m). The following rivers flow into the territory of Kaspi: Mtkvari, Ksani, Lekhura, Kavtura, Tedzami. 32.7% of the territory of the municipality is covered with forest. In the northeast part of the region there are oriental hornbeam oak forest. On the slopes of the Trialeti Range there are hornbeam and oak forests, in the south there are beech forests. In the forests we can find: oak, beech, hornbeam, maple, ash and conifers. There is humid subtropical climate in Kaspi municipality, with cold winters and dry, hot summers. The average annual temperature is 11.4 ° C, in January - 0.5 ° C, and in August - 23 ° C.
What to see
Kaspi Municipality is distinguished by the abundance of cultural monuments and the beauty of nature. The forests, valleys, magnificent views and flowering meadows allow us to plan exciting routes with full of adventure. Tskhaveri Waterfall, Noste Waterfall, Village of Gostibe, Tavkavtasa and many other wonderful places are visited by many travelers and those who want to relax in nature. Along with the beautiful nature of Kaspi, there are many important historical-cultural monuments. The Samtavisi Temple, decorated with unique ornaments, and with its harmonious proportions should be noted, also an important monument of Georgian architecture - Kvatakhevi Monastery, a variety of Rkoni monastery complex, Rkoni Fortress, Skhvilo Fortress and other. There is also located one of the most interesting and important archeological monuments- Grakliani Hill, where you can travel in pre-Christian culture of Georgia. There is a museum of local lore in the city of Kaspi. The museum has more than 20,000 exhibits, dating from the Bronze Age to the Medieval Period. There are many resorts distinguished with climate and healing waters (Khovle, Garikula, Gostibe) where you can relax in a pleasant environment.
● Tskhaveri Waterfall
● Noste Waterfall
● Samtavisi Cathedral
● Kvatakhevi Monastery
● Rkoni Monastery
● The Ertatsminda Cathedral of St. Estate
● Rkoni Fortress
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