Samegrelo, in the west, is one of the oldest regions of Georgia, where the Megrelians live. These people are vivacious and talented; Samegrelo has produced many outstanding scientists and cultural representatives. It was one of the oldest principalities of Georgia belonging to the illustrious Dadiani family. The Dadianis' estate in Zugdidi is now a historical monument.
Megrelian cuisine is considered to be some of the best, though it is very spicy for those used to more bland food. Near the town of Senaki, the ruins of an Acropolis of the former capital of the Egrisi kingdom were discovered. It was known in the ancient world, and remained a large trading center until the Arabs' raids. Today, an interesting open-air museum is located here.
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