UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Georgia
Introduction

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Bagrati Cathedral & Gelati Monastery Historical Monuments of Mtskheta Upper Svaneti

Georgia is located in southwestern Asia, bordering the Black Sea between Turkey and Russia. The region of present-day Georgia contained the ancient kingdoms of Colchis and Kartli-Iberia. The area came under Roman influence in the first centuries AD and Christianity became the state religion in the 330s. 

Georgia 1993. Map of Georgia and the national flag.  

Georgia 1993. State arms on the backgrouond of the national flag.

  • Georgia 1993. Map of Georgia and the national flag.
  • Georgia 1993. State Arms on the background of the national flag. Please note that the national flag is different from the one appearing on various flag web sites. The flag shown on Georgian stamps is identical with the one appearing in the UNESCO-listing. Note also the Russian name for the nation, "Gruzija". 

These stamps were among the first to be issued by the Republic of Georgia after the liberation from Russia in 1991. 

Domination by Persians, Arabs, and Turks was followed by a Georgian golden age (11th to the 13th centuries) that was cut short by the Mongol invasion of 1236. Subsequently, the Ottoman and Persian empires competed for influence in the region. Georgia was absorbed into the Russian Empire in the 19th century. Independent for three years (1918-1921) following the Russian revolution, it was forcibly incorporated into the USSR until the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. The Russian name for Georgia is Gruzija, which appears on Russian postage stamps from 1921-1991 featuring Georgian subject matters, as well as on the stamp above depicting the state arms. 

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