Ananuri fortress

Ananuri  Fortress (Region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti)

Ananuri Fortress (Georg. ანანურის ციხე) – Fortified ensemble, dating from the 17th century, is located on the left bank of the Aragvi River, along the famous original Georgian Military Highway. It incorporates a circuit wall with turrets, a porch, a Church of Virgin, a minor Church of Gvtaeba, a tower with a stepped pyramidal roof of Svanetian.  In the Church of the Virgin are buried some of the Eristavs (dukes) of Aragvi. The Church of the Assumption, built in 1689, has richly decorated facades with the fine relief carvings featuring human, animal and floral images, including a carved north entrance. It also contains the remains of a number of beautiful frescoes.

The wall paintings executed between the 17th and the 18th centuries contain the depiction of Thirteen Assyrian Fathers (prominent ecclesiastical figures), which represent a convincible evidence for the study of the iconography of these figures. The authenticity of monument is preserved in architectural forms, materials, location and other necessary attributes. However, the visual perception of the ensemble has been changed following the construction of the Zhinvali reservoir in the vicinity of Ananuri.The physical condition of buildings can be characterised as good. Ananouri is presented for inscription on UNESCO World Heritage List.