Rabati Castle, Akhaltsikhe

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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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  • A castle with an Orthodox Church, Ottoman period mosque, madarasa, Russian Pavillion , situated surrounded by a silent old city dating back to the 9th century. Very recently renovated but still the... 
    A castle with an Orthodox Church, Ottoman period mosque, madarasa, Russian Pavillion , situated surrounded by a silent old city dating back to the 9th century. Very recently renovated but still the...  more »
  • Rabati Fortress was one of the best attractions I have visited in Georgia, it is extensively renovated so at some points you feel it alive, the fortress is very interesting, multicultural, and a... 
    Rabati Fortress was one of the best attractions I have visited in Georgia, it is extensively renovated so at some points you feel it alive, the fortress is very interesting, multicultural, and a...  more »
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  • The Top Reasons to Visit Georgia Georgians look after their guests. The local cuisine is delicious. The country is naturally beautiful. Georgia can be a budget-friendly break. You can soak in relaxing sulphur baths. The oldest-known European was found here. It's a wine-making destination. Georgia has beautiful architecture. And the most important, it won't cost much to have a memorable trip.
  • Also known as Rabati Castle, didn't get to spend a lot of time there. Interesting place with museum. The castle and the area around has been renovated by the government between 2012 -2019. The area now houses many restaurants and cafes as well.

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