Rabati fortress is situated in the center of Aklaltsikhe, Samtskhe-Javakheti region, at a distance of 207 km from Tbilisi. The old stone Rabati fortress, the main sight of the Akhaltsikhe town, is standing on the small hill on the very shores of the Potskhovi River. Its name comes from Arabic meaning â€œfortified placeâ€ÂÂ. It is located on the western suburbs and can be seen practically from anywhere in the city. This military building erected in the 13th century had witnessed a lot over the centuries. The fortress had been destroyed several times, was often in a siege, as a result of which had absorbed tracks of different cultures and religions. In 2012 there was held a large reconstruction after which Rabati fortress in Akhaltsikhe turned into a town within the town. It has become not only a historical monument, but a real cultural city centre. There are church, mosque, synagogue, Small Park, History Museum, various shops, hotels and even civil registry office inside the fortress walls.
Hotel GINO Wellness Rabath
You don't need to look for an accommodation after visiting Rabathi forthress, Hotel GINO Wellness Rabath is located within the fortress. It's the only hotel in Caucasus region which is placed inside the walls of the historic fortress Rabath. The hotel offers a conference room, bar - restaurant, terrace and wellness - spa center. The hotel is a newly constructed building in old style fitting to the fortress surrounding. The hotel offers Classic, Lux, Classic family and Apartment Lux rooms.
Khertvisi fortress is situated in the Meskheti region of southern Georgia. Its strategic location guards the road connecting the towns of Akhalkalaki and Akhaltsikhe. A fortification was first built on the site in the 2nd century BC but was reputedly destroyed by Alexander the Great. The present fortress dates from the fourteenth century. At more than 150 meters along and more than 30 meters wide Khertvisi is one of the biggest fortresses in Georgia. Its 1.5 meter thick walls stretch up to 20 meters high. According to legend, a master stonemason and an apprentice entered a competition held by Queen Tamar to see who could build the best tower. The apprentice won and the dejected master stonemason jumped from one of the towers and died impaled on the knife in his belt. Since October 24, 2007, Khertvisi and Vardzia Monastery are listed in UNESCO World Heritage List.
Vardzia is a spectacular cave monastery site in southern Georgia. It was the easternmost bastion of Christianity and holds special significance for Georgians because it is associated with King Tamar, the most famous woman in Georgian history (she was crowned king, not queen). Natural caves were enlarged to contain over 6,000 dwelling places for monks and for those fleeing invaders. A complex irrigation system watering terraced farmlands was also constructed and in some tunnels the old irrigation pipes still bring drinkable water. The only way to get to this underground city was via well hidden tunnels which started at the nearby Mtkvari River. At the heart of the cave complex is the Church of the Assumption, with its two-arched portico. To the west of the church, between the bell tower and the main church, you can explore 40 cave groups, in thirteen tiers, with a total of 165 rooms, and six smaller churches. On the east side are 79 cave groups, in eight tiers, that contain 242 rooms including King Tamarâ€™s throne room, twenty-five wine cellars (containing 185 wine jars sunk into the floor) and six churches.