Armaztsikhe (Bagineti)

Armaztsikhe (Bagineti)

Armaztsikhe (Bagineti) is a historical monument dating back to the 4th century BC. It was the inner fortress of old Mtskheta and the first capital of Kartli. Armaztsikhe is located on Bagineti Mountain, on the edge of the Mtskheta-Tbilisi Highway, on the right bank of the Mtkvari. The convenient location allowed it to control the roads to Mtskheta.

The name "Armaztsikhe" is connected with the supreme pagan deity of Kartli - Armaz. It was in this place that the idol of Armazi was erected.

The complex includes palace or temple-type buildings, tombs, fortifications, agricultural and sanitary-technical buildings.

In 65 BC, during the reign of Iberian King Artoces, Armaztsikhe was destroyed by the Roman general Pompey. The city, however, was soon rebuilt. It was finally destroyed in the VIII century as a result of the expedition of Marwan II.

There is an excellent view of Mtskheta and especially Svetitskhoveli from Bagineti.

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