Kolagiri Fortress

Kolagiri Fortress

Numerous fortresses are scattered across Georgia, some only in ruins while others have been well-preserved. Among them is the Kolagiri fortress that stands in the village of Tsurtavi (formerly Kolagiri) in Bolnisi Municipality, Kvemo Kartli Region. It is one of the largest fortified structures in Georgia.
Kvemo Kartli

The Structure of Kolagiri Fortress

Kolagiri Fortress was built between 1788 and 1798 by the wife of King Erekle II, Queen Darejan. The structure stands seven meters high in a square shape and covers 2,000 square meters.

There are large, cylindrical, four-story towers in each of the four corners, which the defenders of the fortress used as living areas. 

On the second story, a military walkway, 1.5 meters wide, encircles the entire fortress. The façade of the gateway of the fortress wall is decorated with stones depicting lions and rhombus-shaped brick ornamentation. 

As soon as the gateway opens, the medieval environment is astounding. Queen Darejan also built a small hall-type church here, where a convent is active today. 

Kolagiri Fortress is 16 kilometers away from the city of Bolnisi.

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