Rabati, Akhaltsikhe

An old part of Akhaltsikhe, town in Samtskhe-Javakheti region about 200 kilometers from Tbilisi, known as Rabati, which has undergone large-scale restoration over the past 15 months, opened its doors to visitors on August 16. This medieval complex with multicultural architecture with its citadel, castle, mosque and other facilities, is stretched on about seven hectares on a rocky hill overlooking Akhaltsikhe. At the opening ceremony, President Saakashvili said he was expecting 100,000 visitors to see Rabati annually and praised PM Vano Merabishvili, who was overseeing renovation works, as “real hero”.

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