The city of Tsalenjikha is located in the Samegrelo Region. Today, the region is mostly known for the unspoiled wilderness of the Instra Valley, the mystical charm of Kuakantsali Rock, and the popular Tobavarchkhili Lake trails, but there is also a great deal to be seen from a cultural perspective.
For example, there are the archaeological monuments of Lia Village, as well as an abundance of medieval fortresses and churches.
These sites, as well as archaeological evidence unearthed in the region, tell us that people have been dwelling in the area we now know as Tsalenjikha since the Stone Age.
These materials are kept in the Tsalenjikha Historical & Ethnographic Museum, covering a range of eras, including the Paleolithic, Neolithic, and the early, middle, and late Bronze Age.
One exceptional exhibit is that of the Colchian axes, engraved weapons of bronze from the 15th to 6th centuries BCE, which were used both as farm implements and as weapons. Next to them you can see hoes and spear points from the same period.
The museum also has household utensils made of clay, wood, glass, and tin. These are ethnographic materials from the turn of the 20th century.
A visit to the museum is a walk through time, as you’ll see the germination of the modern Georgian nation, all the way through to the modern era.