About Sights – Gonio Fortress
Gonio fortress (Georgian: გონიოს ციხე) is a well preserved Roman fortification in Ajara, on the Black sea coast. Located on the left bank of the River Chorokhi the fortress is 12 km south of Batumi and just 4 km from the border with Turkey. The site is believed to hold the tomb of the Apostle Mathew – one of Christ’s disciples – but has yet to be fully excavated.
The fortress is rectangular (195/245 meters) with a gate on each side but only the western gate is open. There are a total of 18 towers along the walls, including 4 main towers at each corner of the fortress.
Archaeological excavations began in the 1960′s and have revealed remains of a Roman bathhouse, a 1st c AD water supply system, roads and pavements, and also amphorae, red gloss ceramics and coins.
There is a museum within the grounds of the fortress.
How to get there? The fortress is located in Gonio village, Khelvachauri municipality, in Ajara. Distance from Batumi – 12 km; Distance from Tbilisi – 380 km.
Minibus – Tbilisi- Kobuleti- Tsikhisdziri
Train – Tbilisi-Batumi and minibus Batumi- Gonio
When is it open? Open: Six days per week, from 10:00 – 17:00; Closed – Mondays.
Georgia About recommends a visit to this amazing fortress!
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