RAMBLINGS : The Caucasus





Nations at the crossroads

The three nations on the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains - Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan - straddle historical fault lines between east and west, Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam. They are little known in the West, and possibly even less understood. Georgia occasionally makes the TV news - for example, during its "Rose Revolution" of 2003 and its disastrous war with Russia in 2008 - but did you know that both Georgia and Armenia have their own unique alphabets, more than 2000 years old? Or that Armenia is the world's oldest Christian state, converting even before the Roman Empire? Or that the infamous Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was actually Georgian? Here's a few photos from my 2004 trip to this fascinating part of the world... 

Clockwise from top left: Georgian banknote, Azerbaijan visa, Tbilisi metro token, Georgian 20 tetri coin, and a pack of Prima-brand cigarettes showing Stalin studying a map. Click on the thumbnails below to view the images full size.


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