OKROS-TSIKHE

Okros-Tsikhe fortress

Okros-Tsikhe fortress (Region of Samtskhe-Javakheti)

Okros -Tsikhe fortress (golden fortress)  is one of the largest medieval fortifications in Georgia. Its thick walls are built of massive crudely trimmed blocks of stone, standing to a height of 10 meters. The citadel tops a rocky ridge of the mount and its ramparts—reinforced with large towers—steeply descent on both southern and northern slopes. Its plan is complex, with several levels following the irregular rocky surface and artificial walls blending with the rocky wall.

Okros-Tsikhe is a medieval fortress in the Adigeni Municipality, in Georgia’s southern region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. The  fortress was built in the late 13th or early 14th century. It is located in the historical Qvabliani valley, on an inaccessible rocky mount. Owing to its dominant position in the Qvabliani valley, the fortress played a prominent role in the defense of Samtskhe against the invading Ottoman army.  In 2007, the Okros-Tsikhe fortress was inscribed on the list of Georgia’s Immovable Cultural Monuments of National Significance.

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