Map highlighting the historical region of Pshavi in Georgia
|• Total||340 km2 (130 sq mi)|
Pshavi (Georgian: ფშავი) is a small historic-geographic area in Georgia, included in today’s Mtskheta-Mtianeti region and lying chiefly on the southern foothills of the Greater Caucasus mountains along Aragvi River and the lower Iori River. The Pshavs, who are locally called the Pshaveli, speak a Georgian dialect and are Georgian Orthodox. Their history, traditions and customs are similar to those of other eastern Georgian mountaineers, particularly the Khevsurs.
The popular Georgian poet Luka Razikashvili (1861-1915), best known by his pen name Vazha-Pshavela (i.e., "a lad from Pshavi"), was born in this province, in the picturesque village of Chargali.
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