Rabati Castle Rehabilitation Moves onto Next Stage

The rehabilitation of Rabati, a 13th Century castle complex located in Akhaltsikhe in southwest Georgia has moved onto the next stage. Additional areas of the castle will be redesigned and the baths will be rehabilitated.

According to the Mayor of Akhaltsikhe, Giorgi Kopadze, Akhaltsikhe Municipality will carry out the cleaning works and bath conservation with the next stage implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture. Additionally road infrastructure is being constructed within the project. 34’000GEL will be spent on these works.

There are also plans to rehabilitate old housing on two streets near Rabati Castle.

“There are private properties here. Infrastructure, roofs and facades of the houses will be rehabilitated. The project is worth $3.5 million. The Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure will announce the tender for this,” Mayor Kopadze stated.

The first stage of the Rabati rehabilitation was carried out by the former government in 2012. After the change in government the rehabilitation was delayed.

According to locals, apart from the rehabilitation work, the situation in Rabati district is so difficult that even ambulances can’t reach destinations, the roads are bad and most houses are damaged and are in need of urgent repair.

Locals hope that after the rehabilitation of the district the number of tourists will increase. The castle has received 40,000 visitors so far. Last year it received 17,000 people during the same period.

Ana Akhalaia

01 December 2015 14:24