Jvari (town)

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Jvari is located in Georgia (country)
Location of Jvari in Georgia
Coordinates: 42°43′08″N 42°02′45″E / 42.71889°N 42.04583°E / 42.71889; 42.04583
Country  Georgia
Region Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti
Elevation 280 m (920 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 4,361
Time zone Georgian Time (UTC+4)

Jvari (Georgian: ჯვარი) is a town in the northwestern Georgian province of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti. The town is situated near the Magana River where it flows into the Enguri River;


The name Jvari translates as a "cross."


Jvari is located in the far northwest of Georgia, at the beginning of the Mestia highway through the mountains, which provides the rest of Georgia with access to Svaneti. Jvari is home to the Enguri Dam, which provides 46% of all electricity consumed in Georgia.[2]

It was the hometown of Meliton Kantaria, the sergeant of the Soviet Army, who was photographed hoisting a Soviet flag Banner of Victory over the Reichstag following the final defeat of Nazi Germany.


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  1. ^ "Population Census 2014". www.geostat.ge. National Statistics Office of Georgia. November 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved September 22, 2008. 

Coordinates: 42°42′50″N 42°03′13″E / 42.71389°N 42.05361°E / 42.71389; 42.05361