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Lagodekhi is a municipality located in the Kakheti region. It originated in an area with ancient history, which was at first the part of Caucasian Albania, then the pre-feudal Georgian state unit of Hereti, and then formed an independent feudal principality. Later it was part of the Kingdom of Kakheti-Hereti, and then became a part of united feudal Georgia together with the Kingdom of Kakheti. Lagodekhi is also known in the sources as Lagoeti, Lakuati and Lakuasti. It is first mentioned in sources in the VIII century. The leading sector of the district is agriculture, in particular: tobacco growing, production of grain and essential oil crops, viticulture, fruit growing, horticulture, animal husbandry. There are tobacco fermentation, wine, cheese-butter factories, other small enterprises. The Lagodekhi-Zakatala road passes through the territory of Lagodekhi. There are a secondary vocational school, libraries, a theater and a museum in the municipality. Lagodekhi is distinguished by the beauty of nature and important cultural monuments. On the territory of the municipality is Lagodekhi National Park, which is rich in diversity of flora and fauna, waterfalls, beautiful lakes and amazing views. In Lagodekhi we find many temples and fortresses interesting in artistic and historical aspects. This area attracts a lot of tourists with its natural or cultural resources.
Geography and Climate
Lagodekhi Municipality is located in eastern Georgia, in the Kakheti region. Its administrative center is the city of Lagodekhi. The municipality consists of administrative units of Lagodekhi, Matsami, Shroma, Ninigori, Tsodnikari, Vardisubani, Chiauri, Kartubani, Baisubani, Kabli, Foni, Giorgeti, Apeni, Areshperan and Leliani. Lagodekhi is bordered on the east by the Republic of Azerbaijan, on the west by the municipality of Kvareli, on the north by the Autonomous Republic of Dagestan, and on the south by the municipalities of Sighnaghi and Gurjaani. The area is rich in surface water and groundwater. The main hydrographic network is formed by the Alazani River, which flows on the border of Gurjaani and Sighnaghi municipalities. The rivers of Kabali, Matsimistskali, Lagodekhistskali, Areshi and Apeniskhevi are also noteworthy. The territory of the municipality is divided into parts of plains and mountains. The Alazani plain enters the southern part of the territory, while the northern part is spread on the southern slope of the Caucasus, which ends at the local lands. The Kakhetian part of the Caucasus mountains extends from the summit of Didi Borbalo to the summit of Tinovroso. Lagodekhi Municipality has a moderately humid subtropical climate with moderately cold winters and hot summers. The moderately humid climate is prevalent in the highlands, with cold winters and cool summers. The average annual temperature is 13 ° C.
What to see
Lagodekhi is a municipality rich in beautiful nature and historical and cultural monuments. Here you will find battle-hardened castles and medieval temples with distinctive paintings. The church of St. Theodore Tyrone in the village of Leliani, Khoshatiani Mother of God, Machi Fortress and others are especially noteworthy. The Lagodekhi Museum of Local Lore is very interesting, where the material of the period from the IV millennium BC to the late feudal era is preserved. There are various items of stone, bronze, clay, jewelry, work tools, numismatics and a small number of ethnographic and photographic materials of the country. The main wealth of the district is Lagodekhi National Park, which is distinguished by a great diversity of flora and fauna. Deciduous forests, waterfalls, alpine meadows, open spaces, views, alpine lakes create an impressive spectacle and offer many wonderful places for both walking and unwinding in nature, as well as for hiking. Particularly popular hiking routes are Ninoskhevi and Rocho waterfalls and of course Black Rock Lake. Lagodekhi hiking trails are diverse and if you are lucky, you may even run into rare animals and birds. Lagodekhi is also known for its sulfur mineral waters with healing properties. Travel to this area promises novelty, great impressions and unforgettable adventures.
Black Rock Lake
Church of St. Theodore Tyrone in Leliani village
The ruins of the "St. George" Basilica in Tela
St. Sameba church of village Fona
Khoshatiani Mother of God
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