Religious heritage and emerging tourism in the republic of Georgia

Marina Metreveli, Dallen Timothy

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This brief research note describes the current situation regarding religiously based heritage tourism and pilgrimage in Georgia. Heritage in Georgia is almost synonymous with religious heritage. Few countries in the world possess such an intensity of built religious patrimony in a small territory as the foundations of their heritage tourism sector as Georgia does. Georgia is already an increasingly popular destination, but owing to its important religious history, the multitude of ancient churches and holy relics at home there, and the inseparable mix of religious and natural heritagescapes, the country has the potential to develop further in three areas of heritage tourism: domestic pilgrimage; international pilgrimage among Orthodox Christians from Eastern Europe and countries of the former USSR; and non-religious cultural tourists from all over the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Heritage Tourism
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Caucasus
  • Churches
  • Georgia
  • Heritage tourism
  • Pilgrimage
  • Religious tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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