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About Armazi Fortress

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Armazi Fortress is one of the most important fortresses, a monument of old Georgian architecture in the gorge of the river Armaziskhevi, in Mtskheta municipality, 3 km west of Mtskheta. Armazi Fortress dates back to XIII-XV centuries. It is built on one of the high mountains and was closing the road connecting the countries with the Caucasus.

The fortress consists of a fence and towers. It is built of crushed stone. Severely damaged. The tower is in the southern part of the fence. It has the shape of a triangle with rounded corners in the plan. The floor between the floors are collapsed. The first floor is deaf, while the second floor have windows. Only the lower part of the third floor wall fsurvived. It had an entrance from the south-east (there are traces left).

location

There are several historical monuments in this area: Armaztsikhe (Bagineti), Armazi Castle, Armaziskhevi and the Church of the Mother of God of Armazi. These same names often cause people to confuse the names of these monuments with each other. Because of this, let's separate these monuments here: In the valley of the river Armaziskhevi, there are two monuments: the Monastery of the Mother of God and the castle of Armazi. They are one kilometer away from each other.

Armaziskhevi is located at the confluence of the rivers Armaziskhevi and Mtkvari. Earlier, the residence of the Pityakhs was here. Now a field museum has been set up here.

Bagineti is the same as Armaztsikhe (not Armazi Castle), located further east than the monuments listed above. An idol of Armazi was erected at this place.

How to get there

From the remains of Armaziskhevi Pityakhsh Palace there is a passageway to Armazi Fortress. Before the castle we find the monastery of the Virgin of Armazi, from which the path goes to the top of the source to the main castle.

Another 3 km long hiking trail leads to Armazi Fortress, which begins at the confluence of the Armaziskhevi River and the Mtkvari River. At the beginning of the trail you need to cross the railway track and enter the river valley, where the trail looks pretty good. On the way, water and picnic areas are plentiful.

Tags: #History #Culture #Fortress #Historical Monument #Fortress #Fortification

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OMKAR CHAVAN
OMKAR CHAVAN

Where and at what time we all have to meet?

Mariam Pirashvili
Mariam Pirashvili

Hello, this is not a tour unfortunately. You can visit this place by yourself.

Karan Singh
Karan Singh

Hi,
Is it possible to hike directly from Armazi Fortress to Mount Chili lake, thanks.

natia lomineishvili
natia lomineishvili

Hi Karan. Yes it's possible. Just switch the map on this page to Topographic layer and you will see the black lines. These black lines are trails in the forest.
You can also check this route, it's going from Armazi to Karsani village and from Karsani you can get to the Chili lake:
https://georgiantravelguide.com/ka/karsani-armazis-kheoba

Karan Singh
Karan Singh

Thank you Natia,
Our plan is to get a taxi from Rustaveli to Armazi Fortress, then hike to Lisi lake via mount Chili & Didgori on the weekend.
Where would be the nearest place we could get a taxi to & would the Cv19 restricions prevent us from entering the Armazi fortress complex?
Thank you for your time.

Karan Singh
Karan Singh

https://georgiantravelguide.com/ka/karsani-armazis-kheoba Does not translate to English unfortunately.

Mariam Pirashvili
Mariam Pirashvili

The route in English will be available for tomorrow.

natia lomineishvili
natia lomineishvili

You can get to Mtskheta by Taxi. Tell taxi driver to stop next to the Armazi turn. There is a sign on the road soon after Mtskheta.
There are no Covid 19 restrictions on Armazi fortess.
The page I mentioned is not translated in English yet but you can still see the map or download the GPX track.
You can also download Georgian Travel Guide App and see topo map in the app and follow the black line from Armazi to Chili lake

Karan Singh
Karan Singh

Thank you for your prompt & concise replies, you guys are a great help.

Mariam Pirashvili
Mariam Pirashvili

You are welcome, and the trail is already available online https://georgiantravelguide.com/en/karsani-armazi-gorge. In case of questions comment any time.

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