Telavi Museum of History and Ethnography

Telavi Museum of History and Ethnography

The official title of this museum has featured “Telavi” since 1927, but everyone in Georgia knows it as Erekle’s Museum. Georgians have loved king Erekle II (1720-1798) through centuries. When you go to Telavi, ask for Erekle’s Museum on Erekle’s Square – the very place where the beloved king was born.

What Will You See in Telavi Museum of History and Ethnography?

The museum complex contains the palace of the King (17th-18th centuries), which is the only royal palace that has been perfectly preserved in Georgia; the residence of King Archil II, from which a beautiful view of the city is opening up; the church built for Erekle’s beloved son, Levan; a royal church (9th-10th centuries), the king’s bath, an underground tunnel, a wall, and the Ketevan Iashvili Art Gallery (19th century).

There are more than 67,000 objects in the museum, including ethnographic and archaeological materials, numismatic collections, paintings by Elene Akhvlediani, Lado Gudiashvili, Ivan Aivazovsky, Ivan Kramskoy, and more.

The main treasures of the museum that are on display belonged to the royal family, including, King Erekle’s silver dagger, weapons, clothing, carpets, and books that were printed in the king’s printing house.

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