Rabati Castle is a medieval castle complex in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia. Built in the 9th century, initially it was called the Lomisa Castle until it was conquered by Ottomans.HistoryAccording 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.By the end of the 18th century Metropolitan John writes 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. Russians took the city after 18 years in 1828. After the Treaty of Adrianople in 1829, the Ottomans yielded part of Akhaltiske Region.Put Rabati Castle on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Akhaltsikhe trip planning app.
Tours To Rabati Castle
A Day-Tour in Vardzia, Rabati, Borjomi in Georgia BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $58
Duration: 12 hours
Borjomi resort - Rabati castle and Vardzia cave tour From Tbilisi 1 day trip BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $92
Duration: 10 to 12 hours
Borjomi, Castle Rabati, Vardzia BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $115
Duration: 12 hours
Rabati Castle Reviews
The fortress dates back to the ninth century although it been recently reconstructed. Located on a hill overlooking the town, the fortress is a mix of medieval European and Turkish architecture. The.... more »
I went here as part of a day tour. There was a nice coffee and wine bar inside. And there was a lot of history i learned here. It takes about an hour and a half to get through everything. more »
Large complex with a mix of architectural styles. The restoration however has tainted the authenticity of the place - it feels a bit like a Disneyland castle with tons of restaurants, souvenir kiosks and random conference rooms around the place. Gardens are beautiful and colours of the buildings against the snow dusted mountains are pretty.
Fortress along the old silk route. Very well restored by still gives a feel as to how protected these fortresses are. They are situated all throughout Georgia.
Plan your trip to Akhaltsikhe
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Akhaltsikhe
Plans to Rabati Castle by other users
6 days in Borjomi BY A USER FROM GEORGIA July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Georgia BY A USER FROM OMAN September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Georgia BY A USER FROM OMAN September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 59 days in Georgia BY A USER FROM GEORGIA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 43 days in Georgia BY A USER FROM AZERBAIJAN July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 9 days in Georgia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium