Let’s be honest about the flaws of 21st century travel: short travel times and too few weeks off  seduce us to dive into a new city only for days...regardless of the many sites a country has to offer its many tourists. People's failure to explore the entire region means they miss out on savoring a new authentic cuisine or meeting folks from the countryside, coloring their objective view of the place they visit.

Georgia is no different, with a capital which is often visited only for nightclubs or fashion weeks. Afterward, the guests of these events fly back to their country of origins speaking only of "Tbilisi" about Georgia, as if their experience can correct entire Wikipedia pages.

Luckily, there's a place where you can visit Georgia’s monuments in a matter of hours. The Park of Miniatures near the Black Sea town of Shekvetili, financed by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, showcases the country's top Georgian churches, mountain towns, and palaces in a condensed form.

The park not only serves as a great tool to run through Georgia in a couple of minutes, but kids will enjoy the tiny replicas of grand architectural masterpieces. bilingual signs even explain the historical background of the buildings offering fun facts usable at the next Trivial Pursuit evening.

The entry ticket costs an affordable 3 GEL and an adjacent amusement park can motivate ("bribe"?) kids to stay concentrated when inhaling historical knowledge. Wandering through the park is enjoyable and brings out the kid in all of us.

Image source: Georgian Journal

Additional Info


Tsitsinatela Park
3522 Shekvetili, Guria