Town-Fortress Nokalakevi
Town-Fortress Nokalakevi
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia9,147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Not exactly a hot touristy site, Nokalakevi is worth visiting if you're interested in history. The site has layers upon layers of it : excavations have shown occupation from 8th century BC, then Roman. Byzantines knew this place as Archæopolis, from where they successfully defended Mingrelia against Sasanian, Persian attacks. When walking through the main entrance, you can clearly identify the fortifications as they were built and improved by consecutive occupying forces.
I was enormously privileged to get a personal tour from Dato, who is the archaeologist currently working on site. He showed me around the "Forty Martyrs Church", explained the frescoes, then took me through the "Secret Tunnel" down to the Tekhuri River. There is a lot left to be excavated and discovered, so this is an ongoing project.
Written November 4, 2023
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Galiya2013
Dunedin, New Zealand152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
The ruins are very interesting to explore.
There is a church on the grounds with ancient wall painting
The tunnel steps to the river are magical
At a time of the visit, there was no information about the structures, which would be helpful
Written September 15, 2022
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Buba J
Tbilisi, Georgia1,905 contributions
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May 2016 • Friends
The most charming and interesting ruins of once important regional capital town known to early Byzantine scholars as Archaeopolis. The town was finally abandoned after being destroyed by the Arabs in 737 AD. The site consists of quite well preserved walls of the town, old church (of 40 Martyrs), remains of fortress (on the hill nearby) and of bathhouses, archaeological excavation sites and a hidden tunnel connecting the town with the river. A great landscape adds to the beauty of place.

In the local museum (10.00-16.00 except Monday) you will be shown ritual clay animals, silver and bronze bijous, Greek and Colchian ceramics, ancient coins, weapons, etc. If you love history, the place definitely deserves a couple of hours of your time, particularly if you are visiting Martvili canyon and monastery that are some 22 km away from Nokalakevi.
Written May 20, 2016
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