Ananuri village, spread on the right bank of the Aragvi river, served as a significant fortification during the feudal period. One of Georgia's best-preserved historical and cultural landmarks, the Ananuri fortress is recognized today for its architecture from the XVI-XVIII centuries. The complex includes buildings for religious, military, and public uses, and currently, the Georgian military highway passes through Ananuri village.
The Ananuri fortress was regarded by King Heraclius (Erekle) II as one of the 7 most powerful fortresses. The old king found refuge in Ananuri after being viciously defeated in the Krtsanisi battle.
Ananuri is located at the shore of the Zhinvali Reservoir. From the fortress unfolds the picturesque view of the emerald green waters, leaving no tourist disappointed. Also, there are picnic tables and boat rental at the shore.