Many myths and legends are connected to Abasha, one of the oldest towns in Samegrelo region. According to one of them, when the Arabs reached this place, the river swelled up and the invaders exclaimed to one another “Aba-Sha,” meaning retreat. In addition, the globally-known legend of the argonauts also has link with Abasha.
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Where is Abasha Located? 

Abasha is located in Colchis lowland and covers 16 administrative units, along with numerous rivers including the Rioni, Tskhenistskali, and Abasha, along with the Noghela, Kovza, and Zana.      

History of Abasha 

Records about Abasha are kept in the book “History of Georgia” which refers to traces of a very old dwelling. Specifically, the former dwelling, called “Namarnu,” is located in the village of Ketilari, where fragments of dishes from ancient times, remains of stone walls, burial sites, and other items and artefacts have been discovered.  

The excavations to have taken place here show that this place was once densely populated with Colchs, who were actively engaged in economic relations with ancient countries and empires.

What Can You See in Abasha?

Numerous striking cultural-historical monuments from the Middle Ages are preserved in Abasha municipality.   

Kadari Church (16th century), Sepieti basilica (16th-18th centuries), Tkviria (15th-16th centuries), and Sujuni St. George  (18th century) churches are among many of the local highlights.  

The museum of the well-known Georgian writer, Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, is also situated in Abasha.      

Meanwhile, nature lovers visiting Abasha will enjoy Mtskemsi (Shepherd’s) Reserve and Katsoburi Managed Reserve.

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