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Ananuri Fortress

Ananuri Architectural Complex is a captivating late medieval monument situated in the picturesque gorge of the Aragvi River, along the Georgian Military Road, approximately 74 km from Tbilisi and near the stunning Zhinvali Reservoir. The complex, nestled against the backdrop of pristine landscapes, features a fortress, a bell tower, three churches, and intricately carved curtain walls. Notably, in 2007, Ananuri was included in the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Site consideration.

During the Middle Ages, Ananuri held significant strategic importance, serving as a guardian along the routes that connected the northern and southern regions of the Caucasus. Ruled by the local Aragvi Eristavis (dukes of Aragvi), the fortress witnessed numerous historical battles and remained in use until the early 19th century.

The fortifications at Ananuri can be divided into two major sections. The upper fortification, featuring a large square tower known as Sheupovari, served as the last line of defense for the Aragvi Eristavis. The upper section includes an ancient water reservoir on its southern wall.

In contrast, the lower fortification with its round tower is mostly in ruins, showcasing the passage of time.

The complex also encompasses three distinct churches: the Church of the Virgin, the Church of the Deity, and the Church "Mkurnali" (healer).

The primary Church of the Virgin, constructed in 1689 as indicated by a beautiful wall inscription, follows a central dome architectural style. Despite the destruction of frescoes in an 18th-century fire, the church boasts decorated facades and a rich history.

The Church of the Deity, dating back to the 16th-17th centuries, features a crossed-dome structure typical of the middle and late-Byzantine architectural style. Notable within this church is the baldaquin, a ceremonial stone believed to have been erected by the widow of Edisher, an Aragvi duke from the 17th century.

The smallest of the three churches, "Mkurnali," dates back to the second half of the 17th century and resides mostly outside the curtain walls, adding to the diverse architectural tapestry of Ananuri.

Admission to Ananuri Complex is free of charge.
Dress code required.
Working hours: 09:00-19:00

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