Rabati Castle in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, was originally established in the 9th century as the Lomisa Castle. It was completely rebuilt by Ottomans. Most of the surviving buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries.

According to the Georgian Chronicles the city was established in the 9th century by Guaram Mampal, son of the King of Tao. From the 13th to the end of 14th centuries it was the capital city of Samtskhe-Saatabago, ruled by the Georgian princely (mtavari) family and a ruling dynasty of the Principality of Samtskhe, the House of Jaqeli.

In 1393 the city was attacked by the armies of Tamerlane. Despite the Turko-Mongol invasions fortress withstood and continued to thrive. After the Treaty of Constantinople in 1590, the whole territory of Samtskhe-Saatabago went under the rule of Ottoman Empire. Turks Mostly used to build defensive edifices. In 1752 first mosque was built in Rabati.

Metropolitan John writes in the late 18th century that 'despite the fact that a large part of the population has been Islamized, there's still a functioning Orthodox church'. After the Treaty of Georgievsk between the Kingdom of Kartli and the Russian Empire was signed, the question of the fate of Akhaltsikhe arose. The first attempt to take the fortress in 1810 failed. Prince Paskevich successfully stormed the fortress 18 years later, in the great Battle of Akhalzic. After the Treaty of Adrianople in 1829, the Ottomans yielded part of Akhaltiske Region.

The fortress and its adjacent buildings were extensively rebuilt and renovated in 2011-2012 in order to attract more tourists to the area.

References:

Comments

Your name



Address

Akhaltsikhe, Georgia
See all sites in Akhaltsikhe

Details

Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Georgia

More Information

en.wikipedia.org

Rating

4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Yiannis Aidinidis (12 months ago)
A very nice castle with great view. It is definitely worth visiting it. The entrance price costs 1.90 euros(7 GEL) per person and 5 euros(20GEL) for a guided tour. There is also a parking space in front of it.
הדר גולן (12 months ago)
Great prices and a lot of hiking gear. Definitely worth going!
Visakha Thongphetsavong (12 months ago)
Beautiful castle although quite « new » as it’s fully renovated. Buying ticket fee is worth it. There is a restaurant inside which is nice too with typical Georgia food.
Mohammad Qutishat (17 months ago)
One of the best attractions in Georgia Rabati Fortress was one of the best attractions I have visited in Georgia, it is extensively renovated so at some points you feel it alive, the fortress is very interesting, multicultural, and a beautiful sight to see, it is truly a hidden gem that you must visit. The original fortress was built in the ninth century, but of course, it has been reconstructed and renovated many times over the years, most recently in 2011, many people complain that it is too renovated to the point that it lost its original state, I did not feel that at all, I found it to be lovely, a real point of cultural harmony, except obviously for the restaurant, cafes, and hotels if that truly exists within the complex. Make sure to take the paid tour and visit the museum to get the full experience.
T Meskhi (2 years ago)
Amazing experience, beautiful restoration of the historical site with plenty to see and learn about. Also, definitely worth visiting the museum, they've curated it very well with Georgian and English explanations.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Gruyères Castle

The Castle of Gruyères is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It was built between 1270 and 1282, following the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. It was the property of the Counts of Gruyères until the bankruptcy of the Count Michel in 1554. His creditors the cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared his earldom. From 1555 to 1798 the castle became residence to the bailiffs and then to the prefects sent by Fribourg.

In 1849 the castle was sold to the Bovy and Balland families, who used the castle as their summer residency and restored it. The castle was then bought back by the canton of Fribourg in 1938, made into a museum and opened to the public. Since 1993, a foundation ensures the conservation as well as the highlighting of the building and the art collection.

The castle is the home of three capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. They were part of the war booty captured by the Swiss Confederates (which included troops from Gruyères) at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy in 1476. As Charles the Bold was celebrating the anniversary of his father's death, one of the capes is a black velvet sacerdotal vestment with Philip the Good's emblem sewn into it.

A collection of landscapes by 19th century artists Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and others are on display in the castle.