Nokalakevi Architectural-Archaeological Museum-Reserve named after Parmen Zakaria
Nokalakevi, situated in the western region of Georgia within the Senaki municipality of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, encompasses both a village and an archaeological site on the edge of the Colchian plane. This site unveiled the remains of a fortress and city, known to early Byzantine historians as Archaeopolis and later referenced as Tsikhegoji in Georgian chronicles. Archaeopolis served as the capital of Egrisi, common arealy associated with the Kingdom of Lazica, thriving during the Roman and early Byzantine periods before succumbing to Arab conquest in the 7th century.
Archaeological investigations indicate habitation at this location as early as the first millennium BC, with significant growth observed in the 5th-4th centuries BC. The majority of structures, however, emerged after the 4th century AD, aligning with Archaeopolis's tenure as the capital of Egrisi. The city, sprawling across 15 hectares and encircled by defensive walls, comprised three major sections. The fort stood adjacent to the river while the citadel dominated the hilltop. Within the city's expanse, archaeologists unearthed remnants of palaces, bathhouses, an acropolis, burial sites, and churches. Notably, an abundant collection of foreign coins — primarily linked to the Byzantine Empire—and diverse artifacts have been discovered, shedding light on the site's historical connections and cultural richness.
The tour includes visiting outdoor and indoor sites, museum and escape tunnel to the Tekhura riverside.
Working hours: every day, except Monday, 10:00 - 17:00.
Address: Senaki municipality, village Nokalakev.
Ticket price: adults - 10 GEL.
Excursion guide services - 30 GEL.
To book a private guided tour, contact us here or follow the links below:
Samegrelo day trip -private tour from Kutaisi
4 Day Rural Tour to Caucasus, Samegrelo-zemo Svaneti
5 Day Golden Fleece
10 Day Self-drive Jeep tour to Svaneti