Rabati Fortress – A Jewel in the Southern lands of Georgia

Hitchhiking to Akhaltsikhe, home to Rabati Fortress

The Rabati Fortresss looks over the town of Akhaltsikhe borders Armenia, in the South of Georgia, with a desert-like landscape and small villages dotting the hills.

We hitchhiked here from Batumi as it was on route to Tbilisi, and famous for its hilltop fortress – Rabati Fortress – first built in the 9th century, and occupied both by the Ottomans and the Turks. It is no longer used as a religious site, but has recently been renovated for touristic purposes.

The Rabati Fortress, Georgia

At a first glance, the Rabati Fortress reminded me of the Alhambra in Granada.

The medieval complex was impressive; its stone walls dramatically sprawled over the hills, golden domes glittering in the sun, and decorative Persian gardens.

Persian gardens in the Rabati fortress

The best part was the lack of crowds, and that it was completely free to roam. Bits that would have been almost certainly closed off in West Europe, were open and unguarded, meaning I could climb to the top of the towers while taking in the sunset.

Evening settling in over the Rabati fortress with Akhaltsikhe

The town of Akhaltsikhe wasn’t much to look at. A day spent there was more than enough, so we took advantage of the quiet evening to catch up on some well-deserved sleep before departing to the City of Caves, Vardizia, the next morning.

One Comment

  1. Chris Been says:

    What a surprising and amazing find!! So happy to have been able to explore this amazing site with you! Xo

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