Located in Samtske-Javakheti region, Gorelovka is probably the most less-known destination from this list. This small village is home to Doukhobors, a religious community banished from Russia in the middle of the 19th century. In Russian, the word Doukhobor means ‘spirit wrestler’ and Doukhobors are a Christian sect that emerged in the 1700s in Russia. They believe that God lives within every person, therefore a church, rituals, icons, and priests are unnecessary. Their belief led to the rejection of Russian Orthodox Church and many chose to leave the country and immigrate in the Caucasus instead of converting to Orthodoxy.
Around 10,000 Doukhobors have settled in Georgia by the end of the 19th century, but today, they are at the stage of extinction as only several hundred are left. Their houses designed in Russian style and typically are of pale blue, or mint, color. It’s a quite impressive site to see after looking at most of the Georgian architecture during your trip.