Khertvisi Fortress

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Khertvisi Fortress is an ancient fortress located in the southern part of Georgia, near the town of Akhaltsikhe. The fortress dates back to the 10th-11th centuries AD, making it one of the oldest fortresses in Georgia.

The fortress was built on a rocky hill overlooking the Mtkvari River and the surrounding valley. It played a strategic role in the region's history and was repeatedly attacked and rebuilt by various conquerors throughout the centuries.

Khertvisi Fortress consists of two parts: the lower fortress and the upper fortress. The lower fortress was built in the 10th century, while the upper fortress was built in the 13th century. The fortress also has a unique underground water supply system that helped it withstand long sieges.

Visitors to Khertvisi Fortress can explore the various parts of the fortress, including the towers, walls, and underground tunnels. From the top of the fortress, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the Mtkvari River.

Khertvisi Fortress is open to visitors throughout the year, but the best time to visit is during the spring and autumn months when the weather is mild. The fortress is located about 220 kilometers (137 miles) south of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

If you're planning a visit to Khertvisi Fortress, it's important to wear comfortable shoes as there is a fair amount of walking and climbing involved. The fortress can be reached by car or public transport, and there is a small entrance fee for visitors.

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