The other day heading home from Gudauri - I insisted to take a brief stop at Ananuri Castle Complex just to make some pictures of it.

As it turns out - I have many times passed it by, either heading to Gudauri or Kazbegi, but just once have visited it,  since my previous visit here was more than 3 years ago, I decided I must photo document this place.

Ananuri bridge

Ananuri bridge

Entrance info at Ananuri Castle Complex

Entrance info at Ananuri Castle Complex

Inside at Ananuri Castle Complex

Inside at Ananuri Castle Complex

View to Aragvi River

View to Aragvi River

Burials on site

Burials on site

Walls of Ananuri Castle Complex

Walls of Ananuri Castle Complex

Ananuri Cathedral

Ananuri Cathedral

Ananuri Castle complex

Ananuri Castle complex

Info sign in Georgian and Russian

Info sign in Georgian and Russian

Ananuri Castle complex

Ananuri Castle complex

Rocks

Rocks

Info sign in Georgian and Russian

Info sign in Georgian and Russian

Holy Seat at Ananuri church

Holy Seat at Ananuri church

Inside Ananuri church

Inside Ananuri church

Souvenir sellers outside Ananuri Castle complex

Souvenir sellers outside Ananuri Castle complex

About Ananuri

Ananuri  is a castle complex on the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi.

Ananuri was a castle and seat of the eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi, a feudal dynasty which ruled the area from the 13th century. The castle was the scene of numerous battles. In 1739, Ananuri was attacked by forces from a rival duchy, commanded by Shanshe of Ksani and was set on fire. The Aragvi clan was massacred. However, four years later, the local peasants revolted against rule by the Shamshe, killing the usurpers and inviting King Teimuraz II to rule directly over them. However, in 1746, King Teimuraz was forced to suppress another peasant uprising, with the help of King Erekle II of Kakheti. The fortress remained in use until the beginning of the 19th century.

In 2007, the complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site program.

The fortifications consist of two castles joined by a crenellated curtain wall. The upper fortification with a large square tower, known as Sheupovari, is well preserved and is the location of the last defense of the Aragvi against the Shamshe. The lower fortification, with a round tower, is mostly in ruins. Within the complex, amongst other buildings, are two churches. The older Church of the Virgin, which abuts a tall square tower, has the graves of some of the Dukes of Aragvi. It dates from the first half of the 17th century, and was built of brick. The interior is no longer decorated, but of interest is a stone baldaquin erected by the widow of the Duke Edishera, who died in 1674. The larger Church of the Assumption (Ghvtismshobeli), built in 1689 for the son of Duke Bardzem. It is a central dome style structure with richly decorated façades, including a carved north entrance and a carved grapevine cross on the south façade. It also contains the remains of a number of frescoes, most of which were destroyed by the fire in the 18th century

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Ananuri Georgia
Coordinates: 42.163611 44.703889