Kazbegi Village (correctly Stepantsminda), is a small town in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of north-eastern Georgia. The village is part of the Khevi province. It is the center of the Kazbegi Municipality. It has a population of 1,820 (2002).
The village is located along the banks of the Thergi River, 157 kilometers to the north of Tbilisi at an elevation of 1,740 meters above sea level. Stepantsminda’s climate is moderately humid with relatively dry, cold winters and long and cool summers.
Alexander Kazbegi (1848–1893) was a Georgian writer, famous for his 1883 novel “The Patricide”.
I strolled in the village for a while. Mount Kazbek was great. Mount Kazbek is a dormant stratovolcano and one of the major mountains of the Caucasus located in the Kazbegi District of Georgia and North Ossetia.
Mount Kazbek is associated in Greek mythology with Prometheus, who was chained on the mountain in punishment for having stolen fire from the gods and having given it to mortals. The location of his imprisonment later became the site of an Orthodox hermitage located in a cave called “Betlemi” (Bethlehem) at around the 4000 meter level. According to legends, this cave housed many sacred relics, including Abraham’s tent and the manger of the infant Jesus.
Terek River is a major river in the Northern Caucasus, flowing through Georgia and Russia into the Caspian Sea.
It is rare that you see some locals in the Kazbegi village.
People of this village is poor, but they have a life fulfilled.
Gergeti Trinity Church is a popular name for Holy Trinity Church near the village of Gergeti in Georgia. The church is situated on the right bank of the river Chkheri (the tributary of the river Terek), at an elevation of 2170 meters, under Mount Kazbegi. It was built in the 14th century. Its isolated location on top of a steep mountain surrounded by the vastness of nature has made it a symbol for Georgia.
The locals in the area make a living by keeping the sheep. They are religious and deeply kind-hearted but inflexible.