On top of the mountain at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, we stopped along the way to visit the Jvari Monastery (6th century).
We continued our journey to the Ananuri complex, residence of the Eristavi (duke) of Aragvi. This castle was the scene of numerous battles and has been on the tentative list for the World Heritage Site program.
(32) The Moscow Georgian restaurant Aragvi
, opened in 1940 and specially supplied by direct deliveries from the Georgian Republic, was Moscow's first "national-themed" restaurant.
A short drive north of the capital at the confluence of the Aragvi
river brings one to Mtskheta, the spiritual heart of Georgia since Christianity was established.
The historically significant shrine of Sveti Tschoveli in Mtskheta is situated at the confluence of the Aragvi
and Mtkvari Rivers, about 20 minutes northwest of Tbilisi.
The most vibrant manifestation of this was the 1940 opening of the Aragvi
Restaurant in Moscow, and the subject of one of the book's brightest moments.
Restaurant (Georgian) was one in a number of culinary hotspots in Moscow--including the Uzbekistan--that highlighted the USSR's national cuisines and served as important contact points for interrepublican networks.
The Soviet leader created a dish that combined eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes, black pepper, bay leaf, and pieces of lamb, which he adorned with cilantro and named "Aragvi
," after the famous Georgian river (Mikoian admitted that the Georgian-inspired dish was actually quite tasty).