Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

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!

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

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”.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

The rest of the town, says Alexander, is totally not interesting. The only renovated street is the main street.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

However the fortress, he says, is awesome. He especially liked the views his DJI flying camera drone took.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

From outside you can see how the old fortress walls connect to the newly rebuilt parts.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

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.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

Where else you can get inside a real Turkish fortress?

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

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.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

You can’t call it a fully historical sight, but rather a nice place to visit, taste local cuisine and wine and chill out.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

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.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

However, the less people present the more pleasant the visit he says. You can wander alone around the old Osman fort.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

They restored everything that was here before – a mosque, a fortress, a castle, baths, madrasah and even the Orthodox church.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

Fountains and parks.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

The old things that survived were placed on display for everyone to see.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

This was an old church totally in ruins, now its newly rebuilt.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

Alexander says that some parts are very nicely done, can’t tell from original old buildings.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

It’s clear – people made an effort to make this place look really great.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

One can wander alone or with a group tour.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

Alexander says that this site is unique to the whole ex-USSR territory – no other place has rebuilt anything old from scratch.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

And nearby there are regular small Georgian town with its daily life.

Rabbati: Ancient Turkish Osman Church in Georgia

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:

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