Akaki Tsereteli House-Museum in Skhvitori

Akaki Tsereteli House-Museum in Skhvitori

Georgia is a country understandably proud of its rich cultural traditions, making monuments such as the house museum of the famous poet and writer Akaki Tsereteli a celebration of this culture. Tsereteli was an influential public figure who played a vital role in reforming modern Georgian literature, and was born in this very house in 1840.

The building itself is a work of art. It was built by Greeks in 1834, at the behest of the poet’s father. In the beautiful Imeretian yard of the manor, there are grain silos, corn silos, a bakery, and a stable, alongside grape vines and a walnut tree that dates back to Akaki’s life. Close by the house, you’ll also find the Tseretelis’ personal church.

Within the museum, you’ll find the poet’s manuscripts and library, which contains an impressive collection of Georgian, Russian, and French literature and philosophical works.

Since the government turned the house into a museum in 1943, many interesting objects have been brought here from the Georgian Literature Museum, including the poet’s clothes, his copy of the gospels, his copy of the Life of Kartli, a manuscript copy of Sulkhan-Saba’s dictionary, and his patrimonial silver.

There are more than 8,000 objects kept in the museum today, including photographs, works of fine art, everyday objects, gifts that Akaki received on various traditional holidays and anniversaries from around Georgia, and Akaki’s crib. The bed on which the poet passed away in 1915 still remains in the two-story stone house, with the clock’s hand stopped to mark the time of his death.




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