Tsitsamuri (Sevsamora) (Region Mtskheta – Mtianeti )

Tsitsamuri (Sevsamora) (Georg. წიწამურის(სევსამორას) ნამოსახლარი)– according to archaeological materials, Tsitsamuri was inhabited from the middle of the 1st millennium BC. Near the city of Mtskheta, archaeologists have found the ruins of the ancient Iberian Acropolis. Tsitsamuri was part of “Didi” (big) Mtskheta and was possibly connected with it by a bridge. However, Tsitsamuri had its own access roads from the north and east. Archaeological data confirm that this territory was developed in the II millennium BC.

Strabo points to the existence (1st century BC) near Mtsekhta, two fortress-cities: Armazika and Sevsamora (Armazi and Tsitsamuri). Fortress Tsitsamuri (Sevsamora), (IV-V centuries BC), was one of the military fortifications of the capital. She protected the city from northern nomads penetrating from the Dariali and Aragvi valleys. Fortresses of separate districts “Didi Mtskheta”, together with the fortress of Sevsamora, constituted a single defense system of the capital.


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