Muri Fortress

Muri Fortress

"Hie Magas" (Beat him), "Marjved Dakhvdi" (Meet him well) and “Ar Gaushva” (Don't let him escape) are all names of towers at Muri Fortress, located in Lechkhumi Region, from which the country had been defended numerous times, and is known as the “undefeatable fortress.”
Racha-Lechkhumi & Kvemo Svaneti

History and Structure of Muri Fortress

With its strategic location and importance, and marked as one of the outstanding monuments of the Middle Ages, Muri Fortress complex is part of a unified network of fortifications, created to stop the constant attacks from tribes living in the North Caucasus. Taking advantage of its geographical location, the fortress was then completely surrounded by defensive structures.

From the ancient period until 1867, Muri was considered the guardian and cultural and political-economic center of the historical provinces of Squimnia, then Takveri, and finally modern Lechkhumi Region. The fortress was used to repel many attacks from Ottoman invaders.

The fortress consisted of three parts: the eastern watchtower was called "Hie Magas" where the troops were supposed to inform those at the main tower - “Marjved Dakhvdi” - about the approaching enemy. When the defeated enemy retreated, those stationed at the western tower - "Ar Gaushva" - chased them away.

In addition to the fortress, here you can see a monastery built near the western tower and the grave of the great philosopher and church leader of the 7th century, St. Maximus the Confessor.

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