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Historical Region

Map highlighting the historical region of Khevi in Georgia
Country  Georgia
Mkhare Mtskheta-Mtianeti
Capital Stepantsminda
 • Total 1,081 km2 (417 sq mi)

Khevi (Terek) and Snostsq’ali.

The landscape of Khevi is dominated by alpine meadows dotted with rhododendron, mountain passes and waterfalls, and the Mount Kazbek (locally known as Mkinvartsveri, i.e. “ice-capped”), a dormant 5047-meter high volcano. The area is a popular tourist destination. It is a part of the projected Khevi-Aragvi Biosphere Reserve. Among the important cultural sites of Khevi are the Gergeti Trinity Church (fourteenth century), Garbani Church (ninth to tenth century), Sioni Basilica (ninth century) and castle, Betlemi Monastery Complex (ninth to tenth century), and Sno fortress.

Chaukhi area, Khevi

The name of this province, literally meaning "a gorge", comes from the ancient and early medieval district of Tsarist military. However, the people of Khevi retained their medieval traditions and a unique form of society until the harsh Soviet rule changed their lifestyle through permanent repressions, forcibly removing several families to the lowlands.[1][2]

See also


  1. ^ Tamara Dragadze (1988), Rural Families in Soviet Georgia: A Case Study in Ratcha Province, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-00619-8.
  2. ^  

External links

  • Photos of Khevi
  • Khevi-Aragvi Biosphere Reserve
  • The Guide to Khevi

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