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The “modern” town around 1900. In the foreground the Russian cathedral and administrative buildings
Center of the “old” town. The Bridge over the Kura, the Azeri mosque (Shiite), since disappeared. Various Georgian and Armenian churches. The Narikala fortress on the hill.
The Narikala around 1860. On the Trinity hillside the Monastery of St. George. The “funicular” has not been built.
The bridge over the Kura to the old center of town.
Waterstreet and numerous floating water mills on the Kura
Waterstreet sporting a horse-drawn tramway!
Tiflis, The Bazaar
A Russian customer buying carpets from a Persian merchant
A vegetable vendor
Cloths and vestments
Greengrocer. Melons and grapes on sale. Melons and watermelons will last till late winter if one hangs them on a hook without wrapping. The method is still used in the countryside in Georgia
Any kind of earthenware water jugs
Bread stall. The Georgian bread is baked on the wall of a “tonne”, a vertical circular oven common throughout central Asia
A knife smith and a customer from the mountains
Socks and robes
Wine merchants. Their wines were stored in skins.
Camel caravan from Persia. Tiflis was an important Caucasian trade center and transfer station.
Tiflis, the Variety of its Ethnic People
A Gurian from Southwestern Georgia
Wife of a rich Armenian merchant
An Osseti from the mountains. The Osseti are the last remnants of Gothic tribes.
A Georgian priest and his wife
Head-wash in the Hamam
Georgian Heroes in chain mail – posing in the studio...
Khartli, the Heartland of Eastern Georgia
Local Saints Day in Mtskheta (Mtskhetoba)
All the women loaded on a Georgian Arba - the prerogative of the Christian Georgian women!
The ancient cave city of Uplistikhe near Gori
Mtskheta, the old Georgian capital. The Georgian kings are buried in its cathedral Tsveti Skoveli
The Georgian Military Road and Mount Kazbeg
The mail coach to Vladikavkas on the Georgian Military Road built by the Russians in the 19th century.
Mount Kazbeg and the church of Mtatsminda Kazbegi, one of the landmarks of Georgia
Kutaisi, the Jewish quarter
Oxcart in Kutaisi
Tiflis, The Asian method of shoeing an ox, lying tied up on the ground.
Svaneti, The Mythical High Valley in the Western Caucasus
Svaneti, Repussé icon of St George
Svaneti, Family portrait of the princely Dadeshkeliani, the Knyaz of Svaneti
Svaneti, Two Dadeshkeliani princesses
And if you didn't believe it, in Chevsureti they still wore chain-mail in the early 20th century!