Tskaltubo is a municipality located in the Imereti region. People still lived on its territory during the Stone Age, which is confirmed by the numerous settlements discovered during the excavations. The earliest weapon in the Caucasus is found in the White Cave - a copper arrowhead dating back to the 4th-5th millennium BC. Tskaltubo is a distinguished district with its natural beauty and abundance of historical and cultural monuments. Here you will find castle towers, medieval temples and the remains of a royal palace. The nature of the area impresses the visitor with its blue lakes and fabulous caves hidden in the green, of which millions of years old stalagmites and stalactites create such a magical world that it is difficult not to doubt their reality. Sataplia State Reserve is world famous for its dinosaur footprints, where you will find yourself in a real Jurassic period park. The leading sector of the economy of the municipality is tourism. A special role is played by the resort Tskaltubo, which is famous for its healing thermal waters. Agriculture mainly develops horticulture, fruit growing and grain production.
Geography and climate
Tskaltubo municipality is located east of the Kolkheti lowlands, in the gorge of the rivers Rioni and Gubistskali, in the Imereti region. Its administrative center is the city of Tskaltubo. The municipality includes the following administrative units: Tskaltubo, Gvishtibi, Gumbra, Dgnorisa, Maglaki, Mekvena, Mukhiani, Opurchkheti, Opshkviti, Patriketi, Rioni, Sakulia, Partskhanakanebi, Kvitiri, Tskhunkuri, the village of Tskaltubo and Geguti. It is bordered by the city of Kutaisi to the east, Samtredia and Khoni to the west, Tsageri and Ambrolauri to the north, and Baghdati and Vani to the south. The main river of Tskaltubo is Rioni with its tributaries, Tskaltubostskali and Gubistskali. There is Tavshava Lake and an artificially created Cold Lake on the territory of the municipality.
Tskaltubo municipality has a humid subtropical climate with short winters and hot summers. Tskaltubo is one of the warmest places in Georgia in terms of air temperature. Average annual temperature - 15 ° C. The average temperature in August is 28-30 ° C, and in January-February - 5 ° C.
What to see
Tskaltubo municipality is rich in interesting cultural monuments and impressive nature. Here you will find historic castles and distinctive temples with unique paintings. Noteworthy are the developed medieval church of Derchi, the churches of Opshkviti and Maghlaki, and others. Geguti Palace is especially popular. Right here George III proclaimed Queen Tamar as co-regent. You should definitely visit the Tskaltubo Museum of Local Lore, which preserves the rich archaeological material found during excavations in the Tskaltubo area from the Paleolithic period to the late feudal period- Bronze Age pottery, copper, iron exhibits, numismatic collection, labor and combat tools, clothing, household items: Furniture, musical instruments, utensils, church treasures - painted and engraved icons, hymnographic and liturgical, homoletic ecclesiastical books, priestly utensils and more. Tskaltubo is distinguished by beautiful nature. The bright, cool forests are perfect for wandering and picnicking. One of the favorite places of travelers is the Gabzaruli Tba (Cracked Lake) surrounded by rocks. However, the uniqueness of this area is still created by the amazing karst caves. An unforgettable sight is the caves of Sataplia, Prometheus, Khomuli and others, which offer us a trip to the fabulous world created by drops for millions of years. One of the main treasures of the district is the resort of Tskaltubo, which is distinguished by its nature and healing properties, where a mineral water park operates.
Saint Ivlita and Saint Kvirike Church
Derchi Baptist Church
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