Armazis Khevi

Armazis Khevi

Near Georgia’s ancient capital city, Mtskheta, a beautiful valley surrounds the village of Armazi, through which the quaint Armazistskali River flows. The valley is 5-6 kilometers long, with important monuments at every turn.

Which Archaeological Monuments Will You See at Armazis Khevi?

The oldest sight of the area is a residence of the Pitiakhsh – nobles close to the king. Today, a field museum lies there, where the remains of a palace, other buildings, and burials attract visitors’ curiosity. The monuments found here date from the 1st century AD to the Middle Ages. Spectacular goldwork, coins, and art have all been discovered in the nobles’ burials. The fact that some are foreign shows us that the Kingdom of Iberia had commercial and economical relations with other ancient civilizations.   

Follow the valley upward from the field museum, and you will come across the Holy Virgin Church, which was built between 1150 and 1178. A small domed ossuary sits near the gateway. To the west of the church stands a bell tower from the 16th-17th centuries. Meanwhile, on the walls of the church and the gateway is artwork preserved from the 12th century.

About a kilometer from the church, atop a rocky ridge, a fortress from the 12th-14th centuries spreads out across 30 hectares. At present, there are mere remnants of what Armazi Fortress once was, but you can still easily see what a significant strategic role the fortress would have once had.

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