The fortified city of Rukhi was established to develop commerce in Samegrelo, as well as to have a strong fortress to defend the country against the Ottomans. Some evidence of battles conducted near Rukhi Fortress has been preserved in historical documents.
The fortress was constructed on a flat lowland on the left bank of the Enguri River, so that the entire populace could quickly seek shelter during times of war.
The fortress consists of a citadel and a yard. The citadel is in the northern part of the fortress and its walls reach up to twenty metres in height. A fair amount of territory is visible from this lofty position, and it would have been very important for the defense of the fortress in its own time.
The walls themselves were ten to twelve metres high, and three-to-five-metre-long battlements were arranged on top of them.
The place is now covered in green moss, and a Georgian flag flies over the fortress.