Gori Castle is a medieval citadel in Georgia, standing above the city of Gori on a rocky hill. The castle first appears in the 13th century records but archaeological evidence shows that the area had already been fortified in the last centuries BC. The fortress controlled major strategic and economic routes and accommodated a large garrison. In the 16th century the Ottomans captured it to overawe Tbilisi. In 1598 the Georgians besieged it to no avail; in 1599 they feigned a relaxation of the siege for Lent before launching a surprise attack at night to regain the citadel. The fortress continued to change hands between the Georgians and the Persians in the 17th century.

The citadel acquired the present-day form under the Georgian kings Rostom of Kartli in the 1630s and Erekle II in 1774. After the Russian annexation of Georgia in 1801, the fortress was garrisoned by a Russian grenadier battalion, but its importance gradually declined and the fortifications went defunct.

Gori Fortress was significantly damaged by the earthquake in 1920. The best preserved structure is Tskhra-kara ('the Nine-gated'), which looks to the west, and is adjoined by the supplementary walls on the south and east.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Georgia

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Mohammad Qutaishat (3 months ago)
A nice view The fortress is a walking distance from the Stalin museum, but the hike up there is not an easy one, and the fortress is mostly in ruins, it offers a nice view of Gori from above though, so it is worth the hike. Gori is a lovely city so don’t miss the chance to stroll around.
Tim Paris (6 months ago)
Nice old fortress in ruins. It's close to the city center so you can walk up there just fine and admire the view from the (really windy) top. It's lacking some explanation signs which would be more than welcome
Giorgi Turmanidze (7 months ago)
One of the oldest castle in the world!
Icicicic Icicicic (7 months ago)
History , old , beautiful
Alina Rozanova (9 months ago)
Perfect view, a very nice and calm place. Good for making pics on the sunset.
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