Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble

Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble

Ananuri Fortified Castle Ensemble
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  • Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
    Lisbon, Portugal3,757 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Particularly interesting ...
    The 17th century Ananuri castle complex on the Aragvi river used to be a castle for the feudal dinasty that ruled the area from the 13th century. Having been subject to several attacks by rival members of another duchy. It is said a secret tunnel allowed those who took refuge on its grounds during a siege to survive. The ensemble includes two castles and two churches. The visit was particularly interesting.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super photogenic
    There are lots of castles and fortifications in Georgia, but Ananuri must be one of the most photogenetic ones. The combination of lake, mountains, church, crenellated walls and belltower make for sensational pictures. I just could not stop snapping away. Don't miss this historical gem !
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 31, 2023
  • jbg74
    Saint Paul, Minnesota1,060 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another Interesting Georgian Castle
    I enjoyed stopping by this Georgian Castle. If you don't like castles, fortresses, or castle ruins, it probably isn't worth stopping at. There are lots of stray or semi-stray dogs here too. One of them had six puppies and the puppies were eagerly exploring the castle which was quite fun to watch.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 7, 2023
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ShreGav
Mumbai, India64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
A quaint and small church fortress on the edge of a water body and a breath taking landscape near the mountains towards the north side of Georgia. It takes about 1.5-2 hours to reach from Tbilisi. The architecture is beautiful and one can even go in the tower. Some of the restoration work is in process. Washrooms outside are chargeable - 1 lari per head so carry some spare coins. The souvenir shops are more expensive than in the capital city. Mostly souvenir items are same across the country, so better to buy cheap in the city.
Written December 5, 2022
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CKF
CT2,160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Ananauri castle complex is a must-see along your drive from Tbilisi to Kasbegi. Perched on the Aragvi River, it enjoys a most picturesque setting. On a clear day, the sparkling water is just gorgeous. Explore the grounds, fortress walls, and the church. Backtrack to the bridge along the road to get a wonderful view of both the castle and lake. You can take pictures inside the monastery, which is not true at every monastery in Georgia, so that was a treat.

Enjoy!
Written October 16, 2021
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Jeremy H
Canton, TX74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
Great stop on the way to Kazbegi. The fort was beautiful. There were no staff or guides at the fort. Some of the places we wonder into seemed a little dangerous but worth it if you’re not scared. Watch out for the guys with the parrots at the entrance. Don’t let them out the parrots in your shoulder unless you’re ready to pay a pretty penny.
Written February 1, 2022
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
There are lots of castles and fortifications in Georgia, but Ananuri must be one of the most photogenetic ones. The combination of lake, mountains, church, crenellated walls and belltower make for sensational pictures. I just could not stop snapping away. Don't miss this historical gem !
Written November 1, 2023
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal3,757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
The 17th century Ananuri castle complex on the Aragvi river used to be a castle for the feudal dinasty that ruled the area from the 13th century. Having been subject to several attacks by rival members of another duchy. It is said a secret tunnel allowed those who took refuge on its grounds during a siege to survive. The ensemble includes two castles and two churches. The visit was particularly interesting.
Written September 27, 2023
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Wanderer794656
Dubai, United Arab Emirates739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
It’s a nice stop off on the drive from Tbilisi to the mountains on the Georgian military highway. The fortress is well preserved and offers great views of the reservoir. I’d recommend walking thrown to the water and walking out on the ruins of the old bridge as well.
Written July 27, 2021
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Mohamed Sami
Alexandria, Egypt1,709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Located near Tbilisi, just over 70 kms away. This castle and the Church of the Mother of God date back to the 13th century and were the ruling place of the local dynasty of Aragvi. Attacked many times throughout history from local rivals and now it is one of the places that may find its way to the UNESCO heritage list. Don't miss it especially if you intend to visit the nearby ski resort of Gudauri.
Written January 29, 2021
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Sagi R
Hadera, Israel84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This isolated fortress is relatively large and provides enough room to explore. The need for some climbing in order to reach certain areas adds a modicum of excitement. The level of preservation / restoration is usual for Georgia though.
There's a nice recreation area with a boardwalk next to the waterfront and an option to rent a boat in season, which can be great, especially for families with children.
Written October 29, 2022
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This complex of buildings was interesting to visit. You could see that several additions had been made over the years. It's strange to see that a new part with an elaborate window had been butted up to an older part. Good views down the lake.
Written October 3, 2022
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Chilliepadee
London, UK1,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
On our drive from Tbilisi to Gudauri with @drivegeorgia.ge, we stopped at this magnificent fortress to take some photos. We were so blessed that there was a church service going one whilst we were there. We stepped inside the church and everything was so atmospheric. This place is certainly one of the highlights of Georgia and not to be missed. Many people even do a day trip from Tbilisi to be here. We highly recommend a visit here, as the history behind this place is also amazing. I will leave it for you to google the facts :-)
Written March 24, 2023
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