Utsera is a resort located in Upper Racha, 15 km from the town of Oni, at a height of 1042m. It is a mountain resort, famous for its beautiful panoramas and unique healing mineral waters. There are over 28 springs in the spa area. The water is used for drinking as well as for bathing. The mineral waters and unique mountain air are said to be the best treatment for anemia, in combination with special diets. Almost every family in
The resort known as Shovi was established in 1929. It is located in Upper Racha. Shovi is located at 1650 m above sea level and it is one of the most important balneological resorts of Georgia. It is famous for its mountain climate and carbonic acid hydrocarbonate sodium-calcium mineral springs. The mineral waters of Shovi are used to cure respiratory organs, the gastrointestinal tract, breast and urinary tract diseases, lymphadenitis, secondary blood pressure and other ailments. The season in Shovi
Ghebi is an old village in the region of Racha. Gebi, alongside the two villages Chiora and Glola creates the ethno-cultural area called Mtaracha. Ghebi covers a territory of 355 km². The history of Ghebi village is very rich. It counts more than 3500 years of cultural life. Today Ghebi is well known for its unique climate, mineral springs and stunning views.
Chiora is one of the most beautiful villages in mountainous Racha. It is located on the southern slope of the Caucasus Range at 1360m. The village was mentioned in historical sources from the XV century. In the Middle Ages it was densely populated, and there were many defensive towers and fortresses. Chiora, Ghebi and Oni are located near the mountainous passes of North Caucasus. Despite the difficult geographical location, here was the main crossroad came from the North Caucasus, from
The Ethnographic museum in Oni holds archaeological materials from different periods of the historical and cultural development of Georgia. It includes objects from the Stone Age until the late feudal period. The majority of the artifacts are from the Bronze Age. There are more than 15 000 ethnographic items, such as a Bronze statuette of a sheep, open-work astral buckles, bull decorations and parts of weapons and tools. The collection also includes architectural details and fragments of the ornate reliefs
One of the most interesting places in Upper Racha is Brili, a historical settlement of great importance, considered a treasure of Caucasian civilization. The ruins of Brili are located in Oni Municipality, in the Rioni river valley. The settlement is uninhabited, except for shepherds with their animals. Archaeological excavations conducted from 1939 to 1961 found many artifacts, called the „Treasure of Brili”. These artifacts demonstrate connections between prehistoric cultures on the territory now known as Georgia with ancient Egypt. One
The local bazaar is a place you should visit during your stay in Oni. Every Thursday, residents from neighboring villages come to the city centre to sell fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. If you are in Oni on a Thursday, it is definitely worthwhile to go and have a look. The bazaar is open from 6:30 in the morning.
The synagogue in Oni is a magnificent example of Mauritian architecture, a concept brought from Europe by Rabin Elia Amshikashvili. The construction started in 1890 and finished in 1895 with a magnificent opening ceremony attended by many people. The synagogue is built of white limestone. The building has a quadrangle shape and a dome roof. On top of the dome there is a Star of David. Holy manuscripts were kept in the synagogue. There used to be a small house
Mravaldzali is an architectural monument located in the Racha region in the district of Oni, near the village of Mravaldzali. This Church was built in the first half of XI century by King Bagrat I. King Bagrat I is also known as the king who united the Kingdom of Georgia. Mravaldzali is especially known for the stunning bas-reliefs on the facades. It used to house interesting historical exhibits, such as a sword of the famous Persian Shah’s Abas, who tried
Oni Municipality is situated in Racha – Lechkhumi and the Lower Svaneti region. Originally, Oni was part of Racha County in the Kutaisi governorate. The town of Oni is the administrative center. It is situated on the left bank of the river Rioni from at 830 m. Communities in the district include Ghebi, Glola, Tchiora, Utsera, Gomi, Komandeli, Kvashkhieti, Mravaldzali, Pipileti, Sakao, Parakheti, Ghari, Sheubani, Shkmeri, Tskhmori and Tsedisi. The distance to Tbilisi is 250 km. It is mentioned in