Rkoni is in the Akhalkalaki community, in Kaspi municipality, 50 kilometers from Tbilisi. According to the latest data, only six people live here.
In the XII-XIII centuries, an important military-strategic road passed through, connecting Shida Kartli to the southern Georgian provinces of Javakheti and Trialeti, and then Armenia to Persia and the Middle East. This connection led to the development of monastic infrastructure in Rkoni.
Rkoni monastery complex dates back to the VII century, however, traces of construction were found from XIII-XIV and XVII-XVII centuries. Apart from the churches, there are dining areas, towers, a bell tower, the Tamari bridge, and monk dwellings.
In the Rkoni Village. on the top of the rocky hill, you will also find Rkoni Fortress, and at about 2 km from, pay a visit to Ikvi Monastery.
Rkoni is also rich in beautiful nature with ideal spots for hiking lovers and nature photographers. Visit in the autumn for the best weather when the road leading to the monastery floods with the deep red of the changing leaves.