Rkoni –Autumn paradise in Georgia
03 November, 2017
Rkoni –Autumn paradise in Georgia
The beauty of Georgia’s nature is famous throughout the world. Each season in the country is distinguished with its original charm, but autumn is still special time for traveling. The lovers of nature can spend unforgettable time and see amazing landscapes of Georgia painted in various autumn colors.

There are many tourist destinations in Georgia which can amaze you with their breathtaking beauty during autumn, and Rkoni Village with its Monastery is one of them.

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Rkoni is a popular destination
for those searching for hikes, barbecues, excursions or short trips in the beautiful nature.

The area becomes extremely beautiful during autumn, so if you are searching for unforgettable autumn colors, Rkoni, located in Georgia’s Shida Kartli Region is the right place for you.
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Rkoni is Georgian architectural monument and monastery complex. Rkoni Monastery (VII-XVIII cc.) is located in the vicinity of the village of Chachubeti in Kaspi municipality, not far from village ruins of Rkoni. It is noteworthy that Rkoni is only in 2 hour drive from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
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Today, the village Rkoni is abandoned, but its beauty still captivates the visitors.
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After entering the village, there is no road ahead, only beautiful narrow path is leading you to the gate of the medieval Monastery. Its buildings date from 7th, 13th and 18th centuries.
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Rkoni Monastery consists of several buildings. The oldest memorial of the complex is church of Virgin Mary (VII c.). In XIII-XIV cc. were built gates of the church of Virgin Mary, tower of Svimon Mesvete; belfry of XVI-XVIII cc., living and utility rooms.
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Between the monastery and the village ruins is located the fortress of Rkoni (XVII c.). Inside its fence there are remnants of a palace and a church.
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After visiting this picturesque beautiful old buildings covered with autumn leaves, you can head to a spectacular 12th century stone arch bridge which Georgians call King Tamar Bridge. It is believed the area served as the summer residence to Queen Tamar, one of the greatest rulers of Georgia from 1184 to 1213.
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The bridge was built in 12th-13th centuries over the Tedzami River. Rkoni Bridge has maintained its original appearance and serves as a perfect example of Georgia’s architecture during the feudal period. It is really a wonderful place to take photos or camp in the lap of nature near the bridge.

Photo courtesy Giorgi Edisherashvili

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