Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe

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.
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  • 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.

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