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.



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

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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.
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