About Sights – Akhaltsikhe Fortress

Akhaltsikhe (Georgian: ახალციხე, literally new castle); also known as Lomsia, is a small city in Georgia’s southwestern region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. Established around 800 years ago, it has had Georgian, Ottoman, Russian and Soviet rulers.

The city is situated on both banks of the river Potskhovi, which separates the old city in the north and new in the south. The old city houses a 13th-14th century fortress, a mosque and a church.

The fortress is currently undergoing extensive restoration.

Detail of the craftsmanship of the restoration

What else is there in the vicinity? About 10-12 km outside of Akhaltsikhe is the magnificent Sapara Monastery (საფარის მონასტერი), almost hidden in the forests and the Khertvisi Fortress (ხერთვისის ციხე) perched on an outcrop overlooking the village of Khertvisi. The outcrop was used as a fortress from the second century B.C., and was reputedly destroyed by Alexander the Great.

How to get there? Most western visitors arrive in Akhaltsikhe from Posof in Turkey, the backdoor route over the mountains into Georgia. If you are already in Georgia and want to visit, the principal road route to Akhaltsikhe runs from Georgia’s main East-West highway (E60) at the spur in Khashuri leading to Borjomi. Marshrutkas (minibuses) run to Akhaltsikhe’s main market/bus station from Tbilisi’s Didube market, as well as from the bus stations in Kutaisi and Khashuri. Akhaltsikhe is connected to the main Batumi–Tbilisi–Baku railroad by a spur through Borjomi ending in Akhaltsikhe.

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18 Responses to “About Sights – Akhaltsikhe Fortress”
  1. Chancy and Mumsy says:

    Georgia has some amazingly beautiful structures both old and new. It is wonderful that they are restoring these places. I would love to be able to see everything in person. Terrific pictures! Hugs

  2. WOW!!! I love the old Castles and Fortresses!!! Great post and please know I love learning about Georgian History! 🙂

  3. Lynlee Graffunder says:

    This fortress is beautiful, and looks like it could be fun.

    • Thank you Lynlee. The castles are often perched on the top of mountains and often have stunning views. When you stand on the battlements you can imagine the brave Georgians fighting to repel invaders of their country.

  4. What beautiful architecture! I hope there will be future posts as the restoration is completed.

  5. That mosaic lined pool is so beautiful. Wonderful photos!

  6. I love the close up of the detail!

  7. Jodi Stone says:

    You have such beautiful old buildings, what a lovely place to live.

  8. c50weirebadest1978 says:

    Reblogged this on Slikk Baltimore Journal.

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