Written by Tinatin Bujiashvili

In a narrow part of the Borjomi valley there used to be a fortress in the way. Nowadays, the village of Atskuri lies peacefully next to the ruins of Atskuris Fortress, which are only interesting for a small outing.DSC01736DSC01757
This fortress was built in early medieval centuries. According to the first historical records Atskuri was built in the 5-6th centuries by Georgian king Vakhtang Gorgasali. The Fortress was a key defense point on the border of Samtskhe and Southern Georgia along the Mtkvari River. It was expanded many times, notably in the 9-10th centuries, and Ottomans held it from the 16th century until 1829 when General Totleben had desire to take it. Due to numerous reconstructions Atskuri combines multifarious architectural styles hence. It is very complicated to determine its primeval aspect.DSC01769319408_2251306316576_145528043_nDuring the centuries the fortress witnessed numerous battles, which significantly damaged it. The back wall of the fortress had fallen apart, so we climbed to the top of the fortress through the breach.DSC01786It turns out there was the secret entrance to the fortress.303131_2251302196473_223131715_n297791_2251302436479_490331606_nAtskuri is one of the strongest fortresses in Georgia. It stands on a high, rocky mountain so it was very easy to defend it from enemies.