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Akhaltsikhe - Inside the Rabati Castle

The three pictures here are all taken inside the Rabati Castle.
That day the weather was very gloomy with at certain times an almost black sky and with a lot of wind. You can see that at the waving flag. However it was warm enough.

My guide books told me very little about the Rabati Castle and the website I listed below, I only found when I was back home.
So when I entered the gate of the complex I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw there. The 7 hectares castle complex houses so many different beautiful buildings and there were so many picturesque corners. The whole complex was recently restored. Then the dark weather bothered me even more.

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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. The Mosque was built in 1752 by Azi Akhmed Pasha.

In the 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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