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Gori Fortress

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Gori Fortress - a historic fortress in Kartli, in the center of the city of Gori, on a high rocky hill. The ruins and archaeological finds on the northern slopes show that here in the last centuries of the I millennium B.C was a strong fortress and the population around him. The "Gori Fortress" is called for the first time in the XIII century.

Gori Fortress was an important strategic force; its mastery meant political domination over Shida Kartli. Over the centuries, Gori Fortress was renovated several times. The main part was restored by the Rostom King in the 30s of the XVII century.

Today's form was adopted in 1774 when King Erekle II was thoroughly repaired. In the first years of Kartl-Kakheti joining Russia (1801), the Gori Fortress still fulfilled its strategic function - the Russian army's grenadier battalion was standing here. Subsequently, it lost the previous importance.

The fortress was constructed of riverside rocks; In the earlier layers, the stone is carved. The Oval citadel from the west adjoins a well-preserved part - "tsxrakara"; From South and east, there are auxiliary fences. The original entrance of the fortress is not visible; In the middle of the south wall, there is a late time arched gate. In the south-east, there are ruins of a small church. The fortress had a tunnel for getting water and reservoir. The Gori Fortress has significantly damaged the 1920s earthquake.

Location
41.9862, 44.107791
Distance from the Capital
82 km (50.95 mi)

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