This city has nothing special about it, says Alexander, a Russian blogger and traveller who is known to take awesome photos of places he visits. It’s just an old “Soviet” town in Georgia, only its nature makes it stand out a bit. But what makes it really interesting is an ancient stone fortress called “Rabbati”. This fortification was built in sixteen century by Turkish military. Let’s see how it looks now!
So the fortress was built in sixteen century. It was destroyed but rebuilt recently to attract more tourists. Ironically, the name of the surrounding town is translated as “New Fortress”.
The rest of the town, says Alexander, is totally not interesting. The only renovated street is the main street.
However the fortress, he says, is awesome. He especially liked the views his DJI flying camera drone took.
From outside you can see how the old fortress walls connect to the newly rebuilt parts.
He says that some people might argue that its not good to rebuild the old ruins – its better to preserve them how they were. However in this fortress, most of its parts were completely destroyed and this way the feel of a medieval era was re-created.
Where else you can get inside a real Turkish fortress?
This all was done to attract tourists in this depressed region. And according to the Georgian department of tourism this worked out well. Over100,000 people come here annually now.
You can’t call it a fully historical sight, but rather a nice place to visit, taste local cuisine and wine and chill out.
He says that one year before, in 2014 it was nearly empty, most of the property not rented out. But now its very busy. Can’t say by just looking at this photo above though.
However, the less people present the more pleasant the visit he says. You can wander alone around the old Osman fort.
They restored everything that was here before – a mosque, a fortress, a castle, baths, madrasah and even the Orthodox church.
Fountains and parks.
The old things that survived were placed on display for everyone to see.
This was an old church totally in ruins, now its newly rebuilt.
Alexander says that some parts are very nicely done, can’t tell from original old buildings.
It’s clear – people made an effort to make this place look really great.
One can wander alone or with a group tour.
Alexander says that this site is unique to the whole ex-USSR territory – no other place has rebuilt anything old from scratch.
And nearby there are regular small Georgian town with its daily life.
So Alexander wonders – is it best to rebuild ancient sites or is it better to preserve old ruins you even can’t visit?
By the way, his website is below: