- Place or Religious Monument
- Castle and fortress
- Place or Historical Monument
Ananuri makes the cover of many tourist posters about Georgia. Is it surprising? This church fortress signifies a large part of the country's attractions! Situated in the heart of the Aragvi Valley, on of the most famous in the Greater Caucasus, on the legendary Georgian Military Road which leads to Kazbegi and to Vladikavkaz in Russia, combines military art with religious art, mountain architecture with that of the lowlands.
The geographical location of the Ananuri church-fortress, above the Jinvali Lake, mixed with its appearance of a fortified castle with defensive towers and orthodox churches, makes it truly spectacular. Besides, it is easy to access: you can just stop of the main road to get there...
Inside the complex, the two churches (from the 13th and 17th centuries) are little jewels, as well as the defensive tower which foreshadowed the mountain villages of the Greater Caucasus. I went up the tower within the walls for a view point. Below, the tower helped me discover an even more vast archaeological site: the ruins and the foundations allow you to imagine the era when Ananuri was a prosperous town...