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  • Ananuri Fortress with Zhinvali Reservoir.
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  • Low water level at Zhinvali reservoir, Jan 2014.
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Ananuri Things to Do

  • Transhumance

    If you are fortunate enough to be on the Mtskheta to Ananuri road in the autumn you might witness the seasonal movement of flocks from their summer pastures to their wintering quarters. You may suddenly come upon large flocks of sheep together with goats, horses, dogs, donkeys and their shepherds as they meander (generally calmly) along the main...

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  • Church of the Assumption (part 2)

    The Church of the Assumption dates from 1689. Many of the interior frescoes have been lost except for a Last Judgement. Most of the decoration, therefore, is the stone carving on the exterior walls with crosses, dragons, angels and vines, especially rich on the south side.

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  • Fortress complex (part 1)

    The Ananuri fortress stands spectacularly above a reservoir on the Aragvi River. The complex, from the 16th and 17th centuries, is actually a pair of fortresses and two churches enclosed by a curtain wall. The smaller Church of the Virgin is early 17th century and the brick interior has little remaining decoration except some badly disfigured...

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Ananuri Restaurants

  • New Restaurant near Ananuri Fortress

    This is a beautiful, modern restaurant, built to look like a castle, and overlooking the Zhinvali Reservoir. It has at least four levels of dining areas, both indoors and out, plus a beautiful front yard with a waterfall and more eating areas on a scenic overlook deck and some little cabannas. The food was decent, the prices inexpensive, the...

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  • Mtsvadi and Khingkali in wooden huts

    Alongside the lake is an excellent restaurant hidden in woodland. It is mainly aimed at groups arriving by car, because you can drive up to the hut of your choice and provide the music with your car stereo! The food is typical Georgian stuff...mtsvadi (kebabs), khingkali (spicy pork dumplings which leak juice all over your face as you eat them!),...

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Ananuri Transportation

  • public transport & hitching

    Buses to Pasanuri (a vilage close to Ananuri) from Didube are quite a rara avis, so if you are in a hurry or want to save the day, it’s worth paying a little extra, hop in a Kazbegi bus and then ask to stop an hour later at Ananuri. For the return to T’bilisi however, you’ll need to hitchhike until the first village, around 20 km, from where there...

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  • By public transport

    Ananuri lies on the Georgian Military Highway, so there is plenty of traffic passing the monastery, although as there is no village at Ananuri, there are no specific buses. If you don't have a car, you could hop on a bus heading for Pasanauri, Gudauri or even Kazbegi, and ask to be let off at the church. The return journey to Tbilisi would have to...

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  • Caucasian Sheperd

    The last time I went to Ananuri Fortress, there were of course a handful of street dogs looking for a handout, but there was one handsome dog that followed me around the fortress keeping a watchful eye on me. He looked a lot like the Caucasian Sheperd dogs I have heard about and he was friendly and frightening at the same time.

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  • Another Beautiful View in Georgia.

    No matter what time of the year you go, you can always get great pictures of the Zhinvali Reservoir. The Zhinvali Reservoir was created in 1986 when the built the Zhinvali Dam. Originally the Zhinvali Dam was supposed to be much larger, which would have flooded the Ananuri Fortress. Luckily Georgian citizens protested the proposal to such an extent...

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