Vale, Georgia

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Vale
ვალე
Town
Vale  ვალე is located in Samtskhe-Javakheti
Vale  ვალე
Vale
ვალე
Vale  ვალე is located in Georgia (country)
Vale  ვალე
Vale
ვალე
Location of Vale in Georgia
Coordinates: 41°37′0″N 42°52′0″E / 41.61667°N 42.86667°E / 41.61667; 42.86667
Country  Georgia (country)
Mkhare Samtskhe-Javakheti
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 3,646
Time zone Georgian Time (UTC+4)

Vale (Georgian: ვალე) is a town in southwestern Georgia, 12 km (7 mi) from the city of Akhaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, at the border with Turkey. According to the 2014 census it has a population of 3,646.[1] Vale is a border crossing point into the Turkish village of Türkgözü, in Posof district.

The town is situated on the right bank of the Potskhovi River (a tributary to the Mtkvari), on the slopes of the Lesser Caucasus at 1,000-1,200 m above sea level.

Vale is first recorded as a village in the 10th-century. It emerged as a center of lignite industry in the Soviet era and acquired town status in 1962.

Vale houses a medieval Georgian Church of the Theotokos originally built in the 10th century, but reconstructed as a three nave basilica in the 16th century. The town is a home to a sizable Armeno-Georgian Catholic community.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population Census 2014". www.geostat.ge. National Statistics Office of Georgia. November 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 

Coordinates: 41°37′N 42°52′E / 41.617°N 42.867°E / 41.617; 42.867