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A beautiful place in Georgia where “healing” waters flow
27 July, 2018
Nokalakevi’s is an old city whose historic architecture is considered outstanding, It is especially popular as a visitor destination during the summer season, when a lot of people (including tourists ) visit the Tekhuri River with their families to cool down. Near the city you will find the Sulphur water which is beneficial for treating allergies, skin diseases, rheumatism and joint pains. You will rarely find anyone who once having been there does not want to go back.

“Nokalakevi Tsikhegoji Archaeopol
is” is one of the most important monuments of medieval Georgia. It is located 17 km from Senegali to the north-east. The town is located near the river.

The Tekuri river surrounds the city on three sides. According to historical researchers,,the mythical city of Aia was located in present day Nokalakevi. This is where it is said ( according to legend ) that Jason and his Argonauts stole the Golden Fleece.
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Nokalakevi, Photo courtesy: www.shin.ge

Nokalakevi was reputedly built in the 4th Century . It was a a fortress town that soon was to become apart of the kingdom of Lazeta (Lazika),and alsothe capital of Georgia.

Palaces, Christian temples, baths, reservoirs, tunnels and other types of fortifications are found around the town. A tunnel connects the Tekuri river with the high architectural levels of the city , serving as one of the city's waterways.
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Nokalakevi, Photo courtesy: www.farig.org

It is worth noting that Nokalakevi's strong fortification system, has no compare in the whole of the Caucasus; The city is surrounded by a river and steep cliffs on three sides, and in the eastern part there were a number of towers and gates which made the city more difficult to attack.

In the 8th century, an Arab commander called Mourvan Ibn Muhammed ("Murvankrum") after he was captured by Kartli and Armenia, moved to Egrisi and "the fortress was destroyed by the Tsikhegji”.

In the 16th-18th Century , Nokalakevi was the home of one of the Heads of the Samegrelo region. 18th Century historian Vakhushti Batonishvili reported that in Nokalakevi there was a fortress at the Dadiani palace, and archaeological evidence reveals thisThere is also a small 16th-18th Century palace in the vicinity of the town and there are also new construction layers apparent on the old walls and towers.
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Nokalakevi, Photo courtesy: www.shin.ge

In the lower part of the city there are the remains of 3Churches, one of which is still standing.

Two baths have been found in Nokalakevi. One was intended for kings and nobles, and 1 for other citizens and the soldier garrisons. It should be noted that bathrooms worked on a central heating system.

Today, a third century old monument is being reconstructed with the help of the , Nokalakevi Museum. It is hoped that the reconstruction which will be complete by 2020. Overall, 14 million GELS will have been spent on rehabilitation from Museum reserves.

The first photo courtesy: www.shin.ge

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