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Review of Signagi City Walls

Signagi City Walls
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One-Day Wine Tour to Kakheti from Tbilisi
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Signagi
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

Signagi was like some Italian town from Toscany.

The long walls give a chance to walk arond city and wine plantations with some remarkable views. The best time for that is evening when the sun is low.

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Reviewed January 23, 2012

Impressive fortress in Signaghi is among the most famous in Georgia, and its defensive city walls make for nearly the largest of the remaining (or restored) Georgian fortified towns.

The fortress was built around 1770 at the times of Kartli-Kakheti King Erekle (Heraclius) II to protect Signaghi – the then centre of Kizikhi area. The thoroughly fortified town was surrounded by the defensive walls 4.5-5km long with 28 (according to other sources – 23) watch towers and 8 gates. Each tower of the fortress was named after the nearest village, so that the residents of this village knew where to hide in case of danger and which tower they were to defend.

Today, the city walls run through the Old Town of Signaghi, circle it, and then extend further beyond the city line, descending and climbing the slopes of the nearby hills. It’s not possible to walk along the entire perimeter of the walls, but quite a substantial part of them had been restored and is opened to visitors. At where we have climbed, the entrance was free, and I believe this is the case elsewhere around the town.

Most gates and many towers are in surprisingly good condition. Few fortress towers are scattered around the Old town; wandering about it, we would bump into a tower here and there – in a private garden, or by a restaurant, or at the corner of a street…

Even if you are not at all keen in fortification, the city walls in Signaghi should no way be missed: they offer incredible panoramic views over the Alazani Valley with the Caucasus Ridge reigning behind it.

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