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Akhaltsikhe - Anachronism

Hereby a view inside the Rabati Castle in Akhaltsikhe in the south of Georgia.
The main picture is taken just inside the entrance gate.

Right in front of the spot that I had chosen to take this picture a car was waiting for someone with the engine still running. I expected that it would drive away and took a position on the stairs at the entrance so I could use these to set up my camera (you know, travelling without tripod). But the car didn’t move and I saw a police officer approaching. I guessed that he would ask me to go because it was already after closing time.

The police officer asked me very friendly where I was from but I don’t know if my answer meant more to him than ‘beer and chocolates’ … To my surprise, he asked the man in the car to drive backwards so I could take my picture.

The car drove a few meters back and stood there with its lights on. According to the police officer this was ok to take my picture. I'd rather see the car disappear completely. But yeah, shooting conditions aren’t usually ideally.

So here it is: ’Anachronism’ in the centuries old Rabati Castle, with special thanks to the friendly Georgian police officer.

Up to know only two pictures of this Rabati Castle have been posted on TE:
one by Gert (holmertz) and another one by Emilia (taypejka).
So here some more info on this rather special ’city within a city'.
In the workshop you will find two more evening shots. Of course, I also took pictures during the day. I’ll post some next time.

Information found on:

Built in the 13th century, Rabati castle developed under the influence of different cultures over subsequent centuries and this is reflected in its architecture. Within the 7 hectares castle complex there is a church, a mosque, a minaret and a synagogue.

In the 13th-16th centuries the castle and its town of Akhaltsikhe had been the residence of the Jakhely princes.

During the following two centuries it was part of the Ottoman Empire and in 19th-20th centuries it became part of the Russian Empire.

In the Soviet period the closure of the border with Turkey isolated the town and resulted in the decline of its importance. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the changed geopolitical situation has given a new stimulus to the development of the town.

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 17 N: 12171] (49032)
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