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THE ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM IN ONI

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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

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ANCIENT SETTLEMENT OF BRILI

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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

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BAZAAR

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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

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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

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MRAVALDZALI

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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

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