Strategically located at the entrance into the Borjomi Gorge and guarding the road from eastern to western Georgia, Surami town became a heavily fortified town in the 12th century. From the 1170s to the latter part of the 14th century, the fortress of Surami was a hereditary fief of the dynasty of the eristavs (dukes) of Kartli.

Subsequently, Surami declined but retained its lively trading post as well as the fortress which was reconstructed in the 16th and 17th centuries. By the mid-18th century, according to Prince Vakhushti, Surami had 200 households of Georgians, Armenians and Jews. In the 1740s, Surami was used by Prince Givi Amilakhvari as his base against King Teimuraz IIand Persians. After the prince’s surrender in 1745, the fortress was demolished, but later restored and exploited by the Russo-Georgian troops in anti-Ottoman operations during the Russo-Turkish War (1768–1774).

After the Russian annexation of Georgia in 1801, Surami housed a military post and was later popularized as a mountain climatic resort.

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Founded: 12th century
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Geo skango (2 years ago)
This place looks so cool. There is so big old building and from this thing there is a really hood view. Also there is a forest. And so many hood things. This place is so awesomeee
Petra Benkoe (2 years ago)
Easy, very short climb. Lovely view. A 10 min stop....
Sergey Manvelov (2 years ago)
Great place to feel history and take some good photos
Christian K (2 years ago)
Interesting castle with a good view and no entrance fees. Definitely recommend for a stop.
Francesco Pipparelli (2 years ago)
Good view, good vibes, interesting!
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