Rabati Castle

Cover image © Pavel Ageychenko

Discover the Akhaltsikhe Fortress, also known as Rabati Castle, located in the heart of Akhaltsikhe city in Samtskhe-Javakheti region. The castle has a rich history that dates back to the 9th century when it was built as a defensive structure to protect the trade routes between Georgia and Turkey. Over the centuries, it was occupied and modified by various rulers including Georgians, Armenians, Mongols, and Ottomans. In the 17th century, the Ottomans transformed the castle into a palace complex which included a mosque, a Turkish bath, and a prison.

Today, Rabati Castle has been restored to its former glory and is open to visitors as a museum complex. Visitors can explore the castle's impressive walls and towers, admire the mosque's intricate tile work, and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The museum also showcases a range of artifacts from the castle's history, including weapons, armor, and household items.

In addition to its historical significance, Rabati Castle is also an architectural marvel, with its blend of Georgian, Armenian, and Ottoman styles. The castle's unique architecture is a testament to the diverse cultural influences that have shaped Georgia over the centuries.

Visitors to Rabati Castle can also take a stroll through the charming town of Akhaltsikhe, which is home to a number of other historical and cultural attractions. The town is surrounded by scenic mountains and is a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

The castle is easily accessible by car, and guided tours are available for those who want to learn more about its fascinating history. Visitors should be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there is a fair amount of walking involved. The castle covers an area of approximately 7,000 square meters (75,350 square feet) and stands at a height of 30 meters (98 feet).

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