Rabati Fortress Complex in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia

Georgia will never end to surprise you (at least - me).

Few years ago a major tourist attraction were renovated and opened to public, some would call it a Jewel in the Crown, while others would call it  a Georgian Disneyland (appealing that like in Disney land, everything here is a butaforie).

My subjective opinion will stay somewhere in middle. Yes it's kinda of butaforie, built from lightweight materials in less than 15 month almost from scratch, but still it's a jewel in the crown.

First time I visited Rabati Fortress complex back in July 2014, during 2 day rafting trip. Back then we had our minds focused more on rafting than exploring Rabati Fortress. We decided to come back here when we will have more time.

That time happened at start of January 2015. We booked Hotel Rabath, took a Tbilisi - Akhaltsikhe minibus and in less than in 3 hours we were again in Rabati Fortress complex. This time armed with time and photocamera. Story can be told now.

Meet Rabati fortress complex with eyes of me - I managed to capture more than 200 pictures here, they all looked great for me, and it was hard to select few ones to display on my blog - at the end I selected 48 pictures of Rabati Fortress complex.

Rabati Castle Complex

Rocks near Rabati Castle Complex

Hotel Rabath & Gino Wellness

Hotel Rabath & Gino Wellness

You can read my review of  Hotel Rabath & Gino Wellness here

View from Hotel Rabath

View from Hotel Rabath

Restaurant Rabath

Restaurant Rabath

Vineyards on terrace

Vineyards on terraces

View to Rabati complex

View to Rabati complex

View to Rabati complex

View to Rabati complex 

I guess in summertime this formation becomes a fountain?

View to Akhaltsikhe town from Rabati fortress

View to Akhaltsikhe town from Rabati fortress 

View to Akhaltsikhe town from Rabati fortress

View to Akhaltsikhe town from Rabati fortress 

Rabati fortress towers

Rabati fortress towers

You can climb up on every tower at Rabati Fortress complex

View to Rabati complex

View to Rabati complex

Hotel Rabath is located just inside of this complex

Hotel Rabath is located just inside of this complex

Another angle of Rabati complex

Another angle of Rabati complex

Stage in middle of Rabati complex

Stage in middle of Rabati complex

I guess in summertime Rabati complex is great place to held musical festivals

Souvenir shop at Rabati complex

Souvenir shop at Rabati complex

Mainly you can buy here Georgian vine and other local goods

Arch bridge at Rabati complex

Arch bridge at Rabati complex

Rabati fortress Towers

Rabati fortress Towers

Rabati Fortress Towers built in rocks

Rabati Fortress Towers built in the rocks

Guard booth at Rabati complex

Guard booth at Rabati complex (author of this blog captured showing entrance ticket to guards)

You must buy entrance tickets at tourism information kiosk which is located down at the entrance in Rabati complex. Ticket price - 5GEL

Aisles at Rabati Fortress

Aisles at Rabati Fortress

View to Rabati complex

View to Rabati complex

View to Rabati complex

View to Rabati complex

Georgian flag at top of the building

Georgian flag at the top of the building

I have no clue what is the name of this building - only thing what come to my mind - it's some Convent?! Correct me if I'm wrong.

Rabati Cathedral

Rabati Cathedral

Wooden building at Rabati complex

Wooden building at Rabati complex

Rabati Fortress complex

Rabati Fortress complex

Outdoor pool (decorative) at Rabati Fortress complex

Outdoor pool (decorative) at Rabati Fortress complex

Interesting architecture elements at Rabati Fortress complex

Interesting architecture elements at Rabati Fortress complex

Inside view from Rabati cathedral

Inside view from Rabati cathedral

Vaults at complex

Vaults at complex

Grates at a monk's cell

Grates at a monk's cell

Convent? built on the rocks

Convent? built on the rocks

Stairways up to the convent building

Stairways up to the Convent building

Rocky mountains around fortress and Akhaltsikhe town

Rocky mountains around fortress and Akhaltsikhe town

Iron doors

Iron doors

On the road to reach Georgian Flag up in the tower

On the way to reach Georgian Flag up in the tower

Flat Screen TV on rocks

Flat Screen TV on rocks (inside Convent building)

Curved metal stairs heading up to the Georgian Flag

Curved metal stairs heading up to the tower with Georgian Flag

View to Rabati complex from flag tower

View to Rabati complex from flag tower

View to Rabati complex from flag tower

View to Rabati complex from flag tower

View to Rabati complex from flag tower

View to Rabati complex from flag tower

View to Akhaltsikhe town from flag tower

View to Akhaltsikhe town from flag tower

View to rocky mountains from flag tower

View to rocky mountains from flag tower

View to surrounding vilages from flag tower

View to surrounding villages from flag tower

Georgian Flag

Georgian Flag

Stairways down from the convent building

Stairways down from the convent building

History museum of Samthske - Javakheti region

History museum of Samthske - Javakheti region

Inside territory of Rabati Fortress complex there is a local Samtskhe-Javakheti (region in which is situated Rabati fortress) history museum. 

History museum of Samthske - Javakheti region

History museum of Samthske - Javakheti region

Unfortunately it's not allowed to photograph inside in museum - so that's the only one photo I managed to illegally capture here

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About Reinis Fischer

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