Statue Of Queen Tamar

In the heart of Mestia stands the four-meter (approximately 13 feet) tall bronze statue of Queen Tamar, the legendary female monarch of Georgia. Unveiled in December 2011, this towering representation swiftly became a talking point for locals and visitors alike.

While the statue added a unique character to Mestia, it was met with mixed reactions. Many saw it as a disrespectful depiction of Queen Tamar, who holds a near-sacred status in Georgian history. Some objected to the peculiar portrayal of the queen's steed, which, to their eyes, resembled a pregnant cow more than a horse. There were also claims that the distorted form symbolized the burdens of power on a young queen, forced to lead her country rather than live freely.

However, it's undeniable that Queen Tamar's reign was significant. She was Georgia's first female ruler, often referred to as a king due to her leadership prowess. Her rule during the 12th and 13th centuries is considered a golden period for Georgia, marked by territorial expansion, key reforms, the foundation of a medieval parliament, and numerous victories in war. Her impact on the country's economy and culture was profound.

The statue, despite the controversy, has become an integral part of Mestia's identity, as has the airport named in Tamar's honor. While it might not be to everyone's taste, the statue of Queen Tamar undoubtedly adds to the unique allure of Mestia and continues to intrigue visitors to this day.

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