: ანანური ) is a castle complex on the Aragvi River in Georgia, about 45 miles (72 kilometres) from Tbilisi.
In 1739, Ananuri was attacked by forces from a rival duchy, commanded by Shanshe of Ksani and was set on fire. The Aragvi clan was massacred. However, four years later, the local peasants revolted against rule by the Shamshe, killing the usurpers and inviting King Teimuraz II to rule directly over them. However, in 1746, King Teimuraz was forced to suppress another peasant uprising, with the help of King Erekle II of Kakheti. The fortress remained in use until the beginning of the 19th century. In 2007, the complex has been on the tentative list for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage Site program.
If you checked the UNESCO website (http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5222/) for tentative listings, here’s the description of Ananuri Fortress:
The Ananuri fortified ensemble (architect K. Bakhsarashvili), dating from the 17th century, is located on the left bank of the Aragvi River, along the famous original Georgian Military Highway, 66km from Tbilisi. 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 type, a single-nave Church Mkurnali, tower Sheupovari, a bell-tower, a spring and a reservoir. In the Church of the Virgin are buried some of the Eristavis (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.
There are two churches within the complex. The older Church of the Virgin and the The Church of the Assumption.
I always enjoy visiting old buildings, ruins, castles, etc. It makes me relive the old times. It makes me wonder how people lived their lives during that time. Ananuri is such a beauty and it is really worth visiting when go to Georgia.
How I wish I could conduct decent photoshoot again in this place. By taking pictures of Ananuri I feel that I am preserving their beauty for a long time.
Sometimes (or maybe most of the time) I also feel like a model and need to have a photo (no.. photos) taken. 🙂
See those two having photoshoots? I would have wanted to be there, and have a photo taken in the same angle. My friends were just scared of heights and couldn’t stand climbing there. 😉
If you wanted souvenirs, need not to worry as there are a lot of souvenir items for sale just before you enter the fortress.
While leaving Ananuri, I realized that it is also surrounded by natural beauty. The Aragvi river, mountains, trees, grass, etc are placed perfectly in this area. I am glad I chose this site to be included in our itinerary.