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Borjomi and Akhaltsikhe Castle (Rabati)

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Borjomi is a resort town in south-central Georgia, 160 km from Tbilisi. It is situated on the picturesque Borjomi Gorge on the eastern edge of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. The town is known for its healing mineral springs.The  industry  of mineral water export is a major source of income for the area. Borjomi is also home to the most extensive ecologically-themed amusement park in the Caucasus, and it is a great place for children.

Akhaltsikhe (Rabati) Castle  is a medieval fortress built in the 9th century under the name “Lomsia Castle” in the city of Akhaltsikhe in southern Georgia, recently globally reconstructed it is One of the main attractions of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region.

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Many people travel here to soak in the springs. Relax in the park’s warm sulfur pools, Wander around the park and take a breath of fresh air. You can Take a cable car up to the mountain to enjoy views of Borjomi Gorge and the valley below. There are several taps in the park where you can drink the mineral water and maybe fill your bottle and take it home ( It is free of charge). There are many family shops here where you can buy local honey. This place is amazing if you want a quiet day trip in the nature with your family. Also in the summer it is the best place to get away from Tbilisi heat.

Rabati Complex

According to the Georgian Chronicles the city was established in the 9th century by Guaram Mampal, son of the King of Tao. At the end of the 12th century Lomsia turned into a real city with the new name Akhal-tsikhe (New Fortress), which in addition to the fortress had a serious system of city-wide fortifications – high walls, guarded entrance gates and watch towers. 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.[7]

Despite the Turko-Mongol invasions, the fortress withstood and continued to thrive. After the Treaty of Constantinople in 1590, the whole territory of Samtskhe-Saatabago came under the rule of Ottoman Empire. Turks Mostly used to build defensive edifices. In 1752 the first mosque was built in Rabati.

Metropolitan John writes in the late 18th century 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. Prince Paskevich successfully stormed the fortress 18 years later, in the great Battle of Akhalzic. After the Treaty of Adrianople in 1829, the Ottomans yielded part of Akhaltiske Region.

The fortress and its adjacent buildings were extensively rebuilt and renovated in 2011–2012 in order to attract more tourists to the area.

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