The Georgian Military Road is the historic name for a major route through the Caucasus from Tbilisi in Georgia to Vladikavkaz in Russia. From the road in Stepantsminda (formerly known as Kazbegi) is an excellent view towards Mt. Kazbek (5'047 m).
Soviet Union 1938, Georgian Military Road.
Soviet Union 1949
Plane (lljuschin Il-12) over Zemo-Avchal hydro-electric station Земо-Авчальская.
It was built on the Kura River, at the confluence with the river Aragvi, near the city Mtskheta. It was one of the first major hydroelectric power plants of the USSR. In the background the ridge of Gora Saguramos-Mta (1'324 m).
Georgia 2013, Gudauri Ski Resort.
The stamp was issued in the series "Visit Georgia".
Russia 2014, 200th Anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov.
The stamp shows a portrait of Mikhail Lermontov by K. A. Gorbunov (1883) and the drawing of Mikhail Lermontov "View of Cross mountain from gorge near Kobi" (1837). The title of this artwork was given by M. Lermontov himself.
In 1839-1840 M. Lermontov published the novel "A Heroe of Our Time", Chapter I of Part I of it entitled "Bela" contains descriptions of a travel through Cross Pass from south (Tbilisi) to north (Vladikavkaz) along Georgian Military Road. Kobi village is the only named one among anonymous villages near the Cross Pass. The Kobi village (Georgia/42°33′41″ N, 44°30′50″ E/altitude 1'987 m) is located 11km north of the Cross Pass in the hollow where 4 gorges (canyons) meet: Hevi gorge from north, Truss gorge from west, Ukhati gorge from east and Baydari gorge from south.
Tourist guide G.I.Anokhin Vostochniy Kavkaz (East Caucasus) - Moscow:Fizkultura i sport, 1978, page 27 reads: In 1824 a cross was built to mark the highest point 2'379 m of Gudauri Pass. It is located at the old track 300m to the east of today's Georgian Military Road. After this cross Gudauri Pass was named as Cross Pass (Krestowy perewal) (42°30′00″ N, 44°27′11″ E), the nearest peak to the east of the old track - a Cross Mountain (Krestowaja Gora) ( 42°29'59"N, 44°27'26"E).
In Georgia the Cross pass is named as Jvary Pass. The altitude of the Cross mountain is approximately 2'850 m. The peak is reachable after 2km of climbing along the steep and narrow ridge to the east from the cross. Gudauri, today a Georgian ski resort, is located (42°29′05″ N, 44°29′06″ E) 11km to the south from Cross Pass.
Soviet Union 1957, Portrait of Mikhail Lermontov.
The Darjal-Gorge in the background.
The Darjal or Darjali Gorge is located at the east base of Mount Kazbek on the border between Georgia and Russia.
Georgia 2016, Gudauri Ski Resort.
The stamp was issued in the miniaturesheet "Georgian Mountain Resorts".