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Akhaltsikhe

From the Georgian "Akhaltsikhe" is translated as "New Fortress". The city is located in the south-eastern part of Georgia, just 20 kilometers from the border with Turkey. Today Akhaltsikhe is considered to be the largest city in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region. Written sources indicate that the city was founded in the 12th century.

Rabati Fortress

One of the famous landmarks of the city is the Rabati fortress. When it was built is unknown, sources indicate that it was attacked by Turkish troops in the 16th century. So, it was founded no later than in the 16th century.

When Georgia did not need fortifications anymore, they began to decline. Therefore, the Rabati fortress was restored in the 21st century, just a few years ago. To be more accurate – in the 2012th century.

The fortress is divided into Lower and Upper parts. The Lower part is open to the public, its entrance is free, inside there are many small cafes, stalls with souvenirs and other trifles. The Upper part of the fortress is of great historical importance, since behind its wall there is a view of the numerous historical monuments of Akhaltsikhe - for example, Jakeli Castle, they are included in the museum complex, you can visit them at no extra charge.

Kvatakhevi Monastery

It was built in the 12th century and is located on the slope of the Trialeti Range of Georgia. The name of the monastery in Georgian means “stone gorge”, which is so reminiscent of the location of the monastery. First mentioned in written sources in the 13th century. The monastery belongs to the typical architectural style of the Middle Ages.

Kvatakhevi has not only religious significance. It was considered to be a major literary center, since many sources and manuscripts were rewritten here.

Only the restored building reached our times because the original version was destroyed during the attack of Tamerlane.

Other places of interest that surely will attract your attention

Also, you can visit such sights of the city as: destroyed Turkish baths, of which only ruins remained, a monument to Queen Tamara, as well as a large number of temples, such as the Armenian and Georgian Catholic churches, the Church of St. Marina, and the Jewish synagogues.

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